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IMMA International Summer School is a programme of online of talks, seminars, discussions and workshops over three weeks in June and July 2021. This programme is free and will feature a range of national and international artists, theorists and educators. Focusing on the theme of ‘containment’ they will explore how mapping, border regimes, architecture and the politics of incarceration inflect contemporary culture and how art and artists explore, question and engage with this subject.

Applications for the summer school are now closed.
For further details of the public programme and speakers click here.

Containment is a fundamental feature of the human condition; our earliest experience is of being held and contained by another. Containment can enable us to feel safe but it can also be experienced in terms of confinement and separation. Containment can be applied to how we conceptualise space, material and data, how we ‘map’ our surroundings or claim territory, and how we think through lines, categories and borders. Containment can be a political strategy (such as US foreign policy during the cold war) or a strategy for social control; in fact the logic of containment continues to animate current border regimes and technologies worldwide. Strategies of containment also underpin the politics of incarceration and detention, as well as informing recent public health measures in response to the pandemic.

Some of the ideas that will be explored include the uses of mapping as a strategy of both appropriation and resistance; the role of borders and border technologies; carceral capitalism; containment and public health; architectures of containment; containment as a psychic state; cognitive mapping and figure-ground apprehension.

Two fundamental questions underpin this year’s Summer School: What role does containment play in the way we conceive of and organise the world around us, and how can art and artists reflect on and critique these cultural, social and cognitive strategies of containment?

To explore these questions, we are bringing together a range of contributors – artists, writers and educators – including Beatriz Colomina, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Romuald Hazoumè, Jackie Wang, Emma Wolf-Haugh, Nils Norman, Rajinder Singh and Alice Feldman, RESOLVE, Clodagh Emoe, Sarah Karikó, John Wilkins, Kimberly Campanello, Vukašin Nedeljković and Róisín Power Hackett.


Applications and public programme

The application period was between 25 March – 22 April 2021 and applications are now closed.

Many events in the summer school programme are open to the public and places are free but booking is essential. For further details of the public programme and speakers click here.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Monday 21 June
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
Register here

Beatriz Colomina
Bed Containment
Tuesday 22 June
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
Register here

Jackie Wang
Waters: bitter death: lost
Thursday 24 June
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
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Romuald Hazoumè
Romuald Hazoumè Speaks
Friday 25 June
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
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RESOLVE Collective
Platforming & Temporariness in Practice
NEW DATE: Monday 5 July
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
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Nils Norman
The City as Classroom: from the Exploding School to the Garden Department
Thursday I July
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
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Emma Wolf-Haugh
Licking Concrete
Friday 2 July
6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT+1)
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Artist Presentations and Panel Discussion
3.30pm – 5.15pm (GMT+1)
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Kimberly Campanello
Containment Poetics

Vukašin Nedeljković
Direct Provision as Sites of Containment

Róisín Power Hackett
I can / can’t, therefore I am

More Details

Participants will attend online seminars on 22, 24, 25, 29 June, 1 – 2 July from 6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT) and a keynote event on 3 July from 12.00pm – 5.00pm (GMT). The seminars and keynote event will be open to members of the public and they will be recorded. There will also be a number of electives including reading groups and curator talks between 22 June and 2 July.

Participants will take part in an intensive workshop between 5 – 8 July and a closing event on 9 July. Participants will also be required to undertake reading in advance and to take part in discussions and project work over the course of the programme.

This programme is free and will be delivered online in English. Reliable internet access is essential.

Note: This is a provisional schedule, some dates/times may be subject to minor adjustment.


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