Detanico Lain, after Utopia

Open Lecture

Artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain represented Brazil at this year’s Venice Biennale and have worked collaboratively as Detanico Lain since the early 1990s.

Working continually at the interstice between fine art and graphic design, they have developed a practice based on the playful displacement of meaning. In an interweaving of form and content that makes full use of contemporary technologies of design and display, simple procedures produce powerful visual poetics and the subtle irony and irreverence of their work points to the complexity of the contemporary world.

A case in point is the 2004 work (The World) Justified, Left-Aligned, Centred, Right-Aligned, which suggestively submits the Mapa Mundi to the basic graphic manipulations of text editing.

At this Open Lecture the artists will present their work in conversation with TrAIN Research Fellow Michael Asbury. The lecture will be followed by the UK launch party for their forthcoming publication After Utopia.

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    Dr Michael Asbury

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    I was born in Teresópolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the son of British missionaries. After twenty years in Brazil I came to England to study engineering but fortunately to myself (and others) changed course and went on to complete an MA in The Study of Contemporary Art at Liverpool University and a PhD in the History and Theory of Art at The London Institute (now UAL).
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