The symposium took place during the afternoon and evening of Friday 10 February 2012 at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design new Kings Cross campus.

The symposium was a Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design Art: Public Realm research programme event and provided a platform to further extend the themes of TOPOPHOBIA in a live debate.

TOPOPHOBIA examines the fear of place in contemporary art. Following an introduction by curators Eggebert-and-Gould, Dr Caterina Albano opened the afternoon with a discussion on the history and development of this anxiety disorder and its relationship to the modern urban context. Exhibiting artists Matthias Einhoff, David Ferrando Giraut, Polly Gould, Uta Kogelsberger, Emily Speed and Louise K Wilson, and writer Leslie Forbes, each gave a talk and came together to discuss their work in relation to the themes of TOPOPHOBIA. This symposium contributes to current debates on freedom and the culture of fear, and connects us to the existential human question of how each of us finds our place in the world.

This event coincided with the TOPOPHOBIA touring exhibition at the Danielle Arnaud Gallery (until 19 February 2012).  Please visit for opening hours.

The TOPOPHOBIA Symposium is a Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design Art: Public Realm research group event.