Fight Club aka The Pub Debate

Is Art Ordinary or ‘Extra’ Ordinary?

Friday 13th April


1 Union Street, AB11 5BU


Free entry



The legendary “Fight Club” returns to Aberdeen


For anyone who’s ever been to a conference and felt bored to distraction. For anyone who ever felt too inhibited to put their hand up during a Q&A. For anyone with an opinion about art in public space but without a platform to voice them. Fight Club is for you.

Inspired by the original Greek Symposia where debates took place fueled by copious amounts of wine, Nuart introduce a hot topic related to Street Art culture to be debated by two opposing teams made up of artists, academics and industry professionals, all lubricated by alcohol. The audience are invited to participate and settle the score at the end of the discussion by voting for the winner.


Is Art Ordinary or ‘Extra’ Ordinary?


Curator and critic Lawrence Holloway is often credited with coining the term “Pop Art”. Holloway wasn’t speaking about it as a style of “fine art” however, but rather what he termed the “fine art-pop art continuum”. His point was that Pop, with a capital ‘P’ and including the associated fashion, design, merchandise and branding of the movement itself, was all inherently ‘art’ i.e. there is no hierarchy with “art” at the top; art is a continuum, and a horizontal one.


Wrapped up in all of this, of course, are the mechanisms and structures that elevate contemporary art practice as being superior or closer to God. The ‘art world’, or the art ‘industry’ to give it it’s proper name, is invested in maintaining the illusion that artists are not like you and me: that they are somehow special, better and wiser than the ambient culture around them, with the establishment all too happy to elevate the artist to a pedestal of their own making.


But is this true? Aren’t artists just like me and you: ordinary citizens producing ‘ordinary’ works? Or are they, as tradition and the establishment suggest, extraordinary individuals with unique talents?


Team leaders Carlo McCormick (art critic, curator and writer) and Evan Pricco (Founder and Managing Editor of Juxtapoz Magazine) go head-to-head to argue these points and more in the latest installment of Nuart’s legendary Fight Club. But it is you, the audience, who decide!


Refereed by Doug Gillen (Founder & Director, Fifth Wall TV)



Doug Gillen (UK) is the founder and Director of arts based media outlet Fifth Wall TV. Fifth Wall create and enhance projects based around art, culture and social movements, with a focus on documenting the Street Art scene in London and beyond.



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