We launch our 2014/15 series of lectures with a new name - Westminster Talks – and an exciting line-up of speakers. These include fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey, and former deputy speaker of the House of Lords and humanitarian campaigner, Baroness Caroline Cox.

You are warmly invited to the first Westminster Talks lecture, Picturing 'reality' - what are images for? which will be delivered by Professor Kerstin Mey, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, on Wednesday 15 October at 6pm and to the drinks reception afterwards.

Images dominate our lives: still, moving, multi-media, flat or three-dimensional. Spread by digitisation and universal media, these images circulate effortlessly across geo-political, social, cultural, historical and generational boundaries – appearing to leave no human experience unrecorded or mediated upon. Images shape how we perceive and govern ourselves, relate to others, and understand the world around us. Looking at recent digital video collages of The Liminal Space Trilogy by the Russian art group AES+F, Professor Mey’s presentation asks what the function and status of visual art works is within contemporary society and how art might affect our subjectivisation.

Professor Kerstin Mey is the Dean of Faculty of Media, Arts and Design. She was born in Berlin, Germany and is a writer and curator. She has worked in academic positions in universities in Germany and the UK and is a member of the Austrian Science Board; a Strategic Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK); and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

To find out more about this lecture and the full Westminster Talks series visit the Westminster Talks page.

All the lectures are free to attend and take place in Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London W1B.

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