18–19 April, Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN

Addressing themes of participation, protest, activism and their implications for research, this major two-day conference includes keynote talks from art historian and queer theorist  John Paul Ricco (University of Toronto), Professor of Visual Cultures Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths), architect and researcher Francesco Sebregondi (Forensic Architecture / RCA), and art historian and co-curator of the critically acclaimed V&A exhibition, Disobedient ObjectsGavin Grindon (V&A / University of Essex), alongside RCA researchers addressing key questions on ethics, truth and our roles as researchers and practitioners, with topics including surveillance, dissent, representation and ‘the other’.

Download the conference programme, abstracts and biographies

The event is free but booking is required.

Eventbrite - Why Would I Lie?


Saturday 18 April

09.45 Coffee & registration
10.15 Welcome note

10.30 Francesco Sebregondi
11.15 Discussion

11.30 Elisa Adami
11.50 Rujana Rebernjak
12.10 Discussion

12.20 Break + Performance by Cradeaux Alexander

12.40 Carol Mancke
13.00 Nayan Kulkarni
13.20 Discussion

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Helena Bonett
14.50 Lee Wagstaff
15.10 Discussion

15.20 Break

15.40 Performance by Amélie Mourgue d’Algue

16.00 Gavin Grindon
16.45 Discussion

17.00 Final panel discussion chaired by Adam Kaasa

18.00–20.00 Conference drinks, exhibition opening reception and book launch

Sunday 19 April

09.15 Coffee & registration
09.45 Welcome note

10.00 John Paul Ricco
10.45 Discussion

11.00 Brigid McLeer
11.20 Ruth MacLennan
11.40 Discussion

11.50 Break + Performance by Cradeaux Alexander

12.10 Azadeh Fatehrad
12.30 Manca Bajec
12.50 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Miranda Clow
14.20 Kevin Biderman and Gentil Porto Filho
14.40 Discussion

14.50 Nina Trivedi
15.10 Benjamin Koslowski
15.30 Discussion

15.40 Break

16.00 Irit Rogoff
16.45 Discussion

17.00 Final panel discussion chaired by Yve Lomax

18.00 Conference end