Reflections on Taste

Alex Roberts (Contributing member), Chrissa Amuah (Contributing member), Caroline Derveaux-Berté (Contributing member), Jaime Greenly (Contributing member), Jessica Hart (Contributing member), Mohammad Namazi (Contributing member), Professor Malcom Quinn (Contributing member), Kioka Williams (Contributing member), Robert Gadie (Editor), Dr. Dave Beech (Research group member)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


    A collective of Chelsea College of Arts', Fine Art and Textile Design postgraduates came together to present their own observations and questions of taste after Bourdieu. Led by UAL Academics, Professor Malcom Quinn and Dr. Dave Beech the reading group for 'Tase After Bourdieu' was inspired by Owen Jones' writing on the demonisation of the working class and 'Chav' culture, and Jukka Gronow's examination of taste and fashion, informed by Immanuel Kant and Georg Kimmel.

    Through a visual, tactile and interactive confessional booth positioned at the conference, a private space for conference participants to disclose thoughts, the reading group sought to provoke the subtle and sometimes obvious denials, ironies and conflicts of private versus public tastes. Because we elucidate ourselves in relation to those around us, a question of ego becomes pertinent: how can you, as an individual, foster a taste that is unique, not perverted by conformation to the standards of others?

    The confessional booth and the publication are a culmination of the reading groups thoughts, questions and observations; the groups' contribution to the Taste After Bourdieu conference.

    The reading group sessions were organised by Professor Malcom Quinn and Dr. Dave Beech (Chelsea Camberwell Wimbledon Graduate School, UAL).
    Project time line: 14th January – 16th May 2014.
    The Taste After Bourdieu conference was organised by the University of Arts London, 15-16 May 2014 at the Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts, London.

    Contributors to the publication are: Chrissa Amuah, Carolin Derveaux-Berté, Robert Gadie, Jaime Greenly, Jessica Hart, Mohammad Namazi, Professor Malcolm Quinn, Alex Roberts and Kioka Williams.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReflections on Taste
    EditorsRobert Gadie
    Place of PublicationHato Press London
    Pages28-29, 34
    Number of pages42
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2014
    EventTaste After Bourdieu - Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts, University of Arts London, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 15 May 201416 May 2014


    ConferenceTaste After Bourdieu
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Taste
    • Bourdieu


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