All too often contemporary art can seem like a closed club, with those who ‘get it’ waxing lyrical about unmade beds and animals in formaldehyde, while the rest of us look on bemused. This evening is intended to present some biblical building blocks that will help us develop a Christian understanding of contemporary art and culture. We will focus our discussion around the case studies of Damian Hirst, a secular artist whose work contains many religious themes, and Liviu Mocan, an internationally renowned Christian sculptor.
Chris Watkin did his PhD in contemporary French and post-modern philosophy. In October 2007 he took up a research fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying the ‘turn to religion’ in Continental thought.