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Gatekeepers of censorship: contemporary erotic art in a digital age


Wednesday 23 January 2019
6.30 — 7.45pm

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Part of our

Klimt / Schiele

events programme
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Celia Hempton, Edward (detail), 2017.

Oil on wood panel. (c) Celia Hempton.

Join us as our panel of experts discuss the challenges in creating erotic art in today’s contemporary art world.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were two artists that frequently scandalised their audiences in the early 20th century. But what if they were making the same works now – would they be censored? What defines erotic art? Who decides when erotica crosses the line into pornography?

In an age of successful digital media platforms and the prolific production of transgressive artworks, new methods of censorship have become a controversial and impeding issue for contemporary artists. Our panel investigate how censorship has changed in the digital age and to what extent it stifles an artist’s creativity.

Join Julia Farrington, Associate Arts Producer at Index on Censorship and artist Celia Hempton as they look at how we approach the censorship of art in the digital landscape. Further speakers to be announced.

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

6.30 — 7.45pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9

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