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Blazing New Worlds: Cringe & Commitment after the End of History

Wed 16th March 2022 6 pm - 8 pm NewBridge Gallery

Craig Pollard will give a lecture on Cringe & Commitment after the End of History, thinking about a contemporary shift towards embracing cringe as part of our Blazing New Worlds Open Call.

Wednesday 16 March 

6 pm – 8 pm 

The NewBridge Project Gallery

Craig Pollard presents a talk that thinks about a contemporary shift towards embracing cringe – i am cringe but i am free / do not kill the part of you that is cringe kill the part of you that cringes – and places this within a particular trajectory of modernism / postmodernism / potential post- postmodernisms, and their implicit politics.

The talk will look back to discourses from the recent past surrounding irony and (new) sincerity, and will attempt to make connections with the peculiar condition of living after the end of history – asserting that with the fall of the Berlin Wall, ‘[…] all of the really big questions had been settled.’

Working with ideas from Linda Hutcheon, Sianne Ngai and Ben Lerner, as well as discussions of ‘metamodernism’, the talk ultimately attempts to scrutinise the way frames of value and narratives of politics/artmaking (that are often inherited from previous generations) hold up against contemporary experience.

Before and after the talk there will be a playlist of prepared music, and time for drinks and discussion.


About Craig Pollard

Craig Pollard is a music maker and artist based in Newcastle (UK), releasing music and performing under the name Competition. He is also an academic and teaches on a fixed term contract in Newcastle University’s music department. Inside a Gleaming Feeling, a book of collected writing, was published via Glasgow imprint The Grass is Green in The Fields For You in May 2020, and Competition has released music via Bleak Spring, Oob, Slip and Boomkat.


Places are all taken now for the event, please email to be added to the reserve list.

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Shieldfield Centre
4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)
Newcastle upon Tyne


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