Dates: 11 Oct – 31 Dec, 2013
British Waters and Beyond:
The cultural significance of the sea since 1800
Coinciding with a major exhibition - Power of the Sea (April 5 - July
6th) - the Royal West of England Academy is hosting an interdisciplinary one-day symposium in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and Leeds Metropolitan University.
Power of the Sea explores the aesthetic sensibilities of the sea, celebrating its qualities through observed, naturally occurring phenomena, as well as drawing upon the rich cultural legacy of narratives, metaphors and allegories with which it is associated. Work by contemporary artists will be shown alongside that of 19th and 20th century British painters (including Turner, Constable, John Brett and Paul Nash), a fertile period of artistic expression embracing Romanticism, naturalism and abstraction.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, the sea has been an important focus for painters and writers who relished the challenge of working directly from nature, often in inhospitable conditions. Some have made scientific studies of the movements of the waves; others have concentrated on the human costs of storms at sea, either in their direct effects on the shipwrecked or in their impact on those left behind on shore. Such work has gained a new urgency in recent years with concerns about climate change and rising sea levels.
This symposium aims to expand on the themes of the exhibition encompassing the wider context of the seas around the British Isles.
While the centre of gravity will remain the visual arts, and the arts of Britain in particular, we welcome papers that will consider the conceptualisation of the sea and the ocean from an interdisciplinary perspective.
This symposium seeks to create dialogue between practising artists, curators, writers, academics and students from disciplines including visual arts, cultural theory, geography, history and literature.
Proposals for papers are invited on the following broad themes but not limited to these:
- The sea as metaphor and cradle for the imagination: cultural
representations by artists, writers and musicians
- Maritime communities: past, present and future
- Gendering/sexing the sea
- From coast to coast: the sea as a place rather than a space; its
power to link communities and to transform social relations
- Trade and empire: the politics of the sea, travel, migration, slavery
- The science of the sea: renewable energy and climate change; ecology
Proposals: 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers, by December 31st
Proposals should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact:
Joel Edwards, RWA Learning and Resources manager:
email@example.com or Dr Robert Burroughs, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University:
Dates: 11 Oct – 13 Dec, 2013
Leeds, March 21 - 22, 2014
Deadline: Dec 13, 2013
The descriptive terms ‘decorative’ and ‘ornamental’ are in many ways
synonymous with superfluity and excess; they refer to things or
modalities that are ‘supplementary’ or ‘marginal’ by their very
nature. In the West, such qualitative associations in made objects
intersect with long-standing and inter-related philosophical
oppositions between ‘form’ and ‘matter’, ‘body’ and ‘surface’, the
‘proper’ and the ‘cosmetic’. Accordingly, this has weighed both on
determinations of value in artistic media, and on the inflexions of
related histories – particularly histories of ‘non-Western’ art,
design and culture, where a wide range of decorative traditions are
deemed unworthy of critical attention.
Yet such frameworks are no more historically stable than they are
culturally universal. To take one very clear and ‘central’
counter-example, decoration in some strands of Renaissance
architectural theory (Filarete, Alberti) emerged as a rigorous
codification of meaning, as an essentially functional (political)
language. In many ways the history of ornament may itself be seen as a
process of marginalisation of such ways of thinking, and the
separation of ornament from any form of social practice.
This two-day conference seeks to explore the various ways in which
ornament might be regarded as itself productive of its objects and
sites. How might the technologies, techniques, and materials of
ornament be related to the conception and transformation of modes of
object-making? How might ornament be understood to inform its objects,
disrupting the spatial categories of ‘surface’ and ‘structure’, and
the temporal models in which ornament ‘follows’ making? What are the
relations between ornament and representation, and what is at stake in
the conventional oppositions between these categories? What are the
roles of ornament in larger dynamics of copying, hybridisation and
appropriation between things? In what ways have practices and thinking
on ornament staged cultural encounters, and engendered larger
epistemological and social models?
The conference will explore the production of ornament across a broad
range of historical and geographical contexts. We invite proposals
from researchers and postgraduates working in any discipline, as well
as practitioners, conservators and curators. Proposals of no more than
300 words, along with a CV, should be sent to Dr Richard Checketts and
Dr Lara Eggleton at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday the
13th of December 2013.
Dates: 11 Oct, 2013
The About Face symposium will bring together a number of building enclosure experts from around the country with SARUP faculty in order to foster a conversation about a range of contemporary enclosure issues from aesthetics to performance to construction. The title, About Face, refers to both the intention of the symposium, to present work and discuss the face and enclosure of buildings, and also a desire to reorient the broader disciplinary conversation and address issues that are at the forefront of research and application. This symposium is cosponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Dates: 11 – 12 Oct, 2013
The fourth annual University of Art History Graduate Student Research Symposium will take place on Oct. 11 and 12th. Jason Felch, award-winning investigative reporter of the Los Angeles Times and co-author of Chasing Aphrodite will offer the keynote lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11th. Felch will sign copies of his book following his presentation. Graduate student presentations will take place Saturday, Oct. 12th.