Liverpool Medical Institution: Drinks With… Ben Highmore

bedroom-hof23 October 2014

Doors 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm

Free, booking required

Ben Highmore is a writer and Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. He is currently working on the relationships between taste, retailing, art and design, and domestic life as part of a major research fellowship for the Leverhulme Trust. His boosk include The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House (2014), Ordinary Lives: Studies in the Everyday (2011) and Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (2002).

Highmore’s work is broadly concerned with everyday life and its possibilities and problems. This has included writing about traditions of philosophy and criticism that have tried to grapple with the everyday. It has also meant writing about food (Indian take-away restaurants), art, design, craft, bombsites, playgrounds, and a host of other things.

“To my mind scrutinizing the world from the perspective of everyday life means that you have to start, not with abstractions, but with the concrete, the habitual, the taken-for-granted and the ubiquitous. There is a danger here: if you are interested in the insignificant, then by attending to it you alter it and it becomes newly significant. Such dangers have to be treated as opportunities to transform the everyday (however slightly) by the way you register it in the multitude of genres and platforms that are available to us.”

Doors open at 6pm with drinks at the bar, and the event starts at 6.30pm.

Drinks With… is a series of commissioned presentations by noted speakers, asking pertinent questions in response to the key curatorial concerns of A Needle Walks into a Haystack. The events will take place at the Liverpool Medical Institution on Hope Street and will be followed by drinks in the bar.