Art and Psychology Encounter - David Cotterrell Studio Visit

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Event details

Event date: 
16 June 2019
15:00 - 17:00
Event duration: 
2 hours
Type of event: 
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
David Cotterrell Studio
1 Borthwick Street, London


Concession : 
£10 SEA members
Ticketing information:
Ticket availability: 
Limited places
Email address to reserve a place:
Telephone number to reserve a place: 
07737 821881

About the event

From 1905 to 1906 the poet Rainer Maria Rilke worked as sculptor’s Auguste Rodin’s studio assistant in order ‘to learn how to see’.  What type of seeing was Rilke seeking to learn in the studio of Rodin?

Art is an intensified form of lived experience, just like human and sentient being are intensified forms of life. Art has the power to open us up to a liminal space and time where conventional dichotomies of physical and mental, material and ideal, object and subject, other and self, nature and human, etc, dissolve, connecting us to the paradox of interconnectedness and to a relation to life based on care, significance and creativity.

Art, like phenomenology, is an activity of realisation capable of mobilising non-localised subjectivity. It can assist us in performing an imaginative leap beyond ourselves and reconnect to 'the otherness that is us', to the bigger picture to which we are always already partaking.

How we focus on something changes it. Art and phenomenology are creative practices that enhance our capacities to imagine, form and receive the world, that sensitise us to its Thou-ness and to the value and significance of all life.

David Cotterrell will show some of his recent works and discuss them in an open conversation facilitated by Monia Brizzi.

David Cotterrell is an installation artist working across media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided. His practice is typified by an interest in intersection: whether fleeting encounter or heavily orchestrated event, Cotterrell’s works explore the human condition and the breaks or nuances that can lead to a less ambiguous understanding of the world they inhabit. His work has been commissioned and shown extensively in Europe, the United States and Asia. He is Research Professor of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and is represented by Danielle Arnaud, London.

Monia Brizzi is the SEA Film Club Organiser. She is a chartered existential counselling psychologist and assessing clinician at the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine.


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