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Collage as Method, Manuscript and Moving Image: Cutting Edge

Conference, Lecture – Claire Zimmerman, Victoria Walsh, Judah Attille

  • 7 October 2021
  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • An event as part of the multi-part conference programme 'Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1945 to Now'
  • Online

12.00–12.15 Welcome by Rosie Ram (Visiting Lecturer, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art)


12.15–12.45 Keynote by Claire Zimmerman (Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) chaired by Victoria Walsh (Professor of Art History and Curating, Royal College of Art) 'Alison’s Mind: Collage and Architectural Thinking in postcolonial Britain'.

12.45–13.00 Discussion and questions

13.00–13.10 Break

Artist's presentation

13.10–13.45 Artist’s film presentation by Judah Attille

13.45–14.00 Discussion and questions

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About the speakers

  • Claire Zimmerman studies the built environment in the modern period. Recent work has focused on the massive changes to cities, buildings and people associated with industrialisation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This work has resulted in Albert Kahn Incorporated and the Industrialization of Architecture (MIT Press, 2024), Detroit-Moscow-Detroit: An Architecture for Industrialization (co-edited with Jean-Louis Cohen and Christina Crawford for MIT Press, 2023) and a special number of the journal Grey Room on architectural cost (Grey Room 71 [2018] with L. Allais and Z. Çelik Alexander). Other recent work includes “Migration, Briefly Arrested,” in the Canadian Centre for Architecture web journal, “The Anti-Photograph,” in Modern Management Methods (ed. C. Blanchfield and F. Lotfi-Jam for Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2019), and “Built Environment” in The Art Institute of Chicago Field Guide to Photography and Media (A. Byrd and E. Siegel). Other books include Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), Neo-avant-garde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond (co-edited with Mark Crinson, Yale Studies in British Art, 2010), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: The Structure of Space (Taschen, 2006). Zimmerman teaches at the University of Michigan.

  • Victoria Walsh, wearing black, against a white background

    Victoria Walsh is Professor of Art History and Curating at the Royal College of Art and Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme. She is a curator and researcher whose projects span from the postwar period to the contemporary with a particular focus on interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, architects and designers; the reconstruction of exhibitions; practices and histories of gallery education; and issues of curating in relation to the changing conditions of technology. In 2015 she led the reconstruction of Richard Hamilton’s 1951 exhibition Growth and Form for the Tate Modern / Museo Reina Sofia major retrospective of the artist’s work in 2014, which built on her previous experience reconstructing the 1953 ICA exhibition, Parallel of Life and Art. With Claire Zimmerman, she co-curated the Tate Britain research display New Brutalist Image 1949–1955 and together they published the photo-article “New Brutalist Image 1949–55”, British Art Studies, December 2016.

  • Black and White Photo of Judah Attille

    Martina Attille (Judah, she/her) is a recipient of an AHRC TECHNE award for doctoral training, currently working towards her PhD, titled ‘Africandescence’, at the University of the Arts London. The research includes an enquiry into how avant-garde filmmaking strategies can frame complex interpersonal narratives.

    A founding member of Sankofa Film and Video with Maureen Blackwood, Robert Crusz, Isaac Julien, and Nadine Marsh-Edwards from 1983-1988, Attille contributed to the events ‘Black Women & Representation’ (1984) and ‘Black (feminine)—Exploring Images of Black Women’ (1986) and to the debut films of the collective, including Territories I & II (1983), The Passion of Remembrance (1986) and Dreaming Rivers (1988). Attille later joined the visual arts forum, Black Women Artists Study Group in 1995.

    Attille has contributed to publications including The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation (1996), Rhapsodies in Black: The Art of the Harlem Renaissance (1997) and Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs: Selections from the Ektachrome Archive by Lyle Ashton Harris (2017). IMA-ABASI OKON, Tate Britain Display, © 2021 (gold) an essay by Judah Attille | Yasmin Nicholas

    Judah Attille (born 1959, Castries, St Lucia). Certificate of Registration as a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies, 1982).