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    The event in John Latham and Bob Cobbing

    Willey, Steve (2017) The event in John Latham and Bob Cobbing. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 42 (1-2), pp. 109-126. ISSN 0308-0188.

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    This article documents some examples of the event-responsive poetry of the British poet Bob Cobbing (1920–2002) and compares it to the unique theory of the event structure developed by British sculptural and conceptual artist John Latham (1921–2006). It establishes points of intersection between their practices, and particularly at the level of aesthetics where very little comparative work exists. While both men are best known for their experimental 1960s work (Cobbing in relation to sound and concrete poetry, and Latham in relation to conceptual art) this article focusses on their earlier work as being preparatory to their later, more developed practice. Artistic affinities are contextualized in relation to World War II, the dialectic of romantic and classical art, and the institution of welfare-capitalism. How poet and artist both visually represented time (drawing on scientific discourses to do so) is further identified as a link between their practices.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): John Latham, Bob Cobbing, Jeff Nuttall, sigma, event-structure, Writers Forum, Group H, Herbert Read, Artist Placement Group, Drian Gallery
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 12:48
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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