Conférence : Encounter of (Colonial) Encounters

Le commerce de la France avec les quatre parties du Monde, 1666, gravure, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Type : Conférence

Date : 2 mai 2017

Lieu : Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51.

Encounter of (Colonial) Encounters: Methods, Epistemologies and Terms for a Transcultural Art History

Workshop organized by Jens Baumgarten and Marco Musillo

The first art-historical debates on colonial artifacts focused on the so called “mixed” aspect of their creation; by stressing either their appearance or focusing on the main actors such as the makers, or those who marked processes of appropriation. Terms like syncretism were coined to understand the diversity of objects not epistemologically defined by disciplines – like art history – that based their vocabulary on foundational terms, such as “artist”, “aesthetic value”, or “authenticity”. In turn, the art-historical analysis of such artifacts, seen as products of a colonial encounter, was shaped by the same essentialist perspective. In the last decades many scholars of various disciplines have proposed different approaches for a transcultural – and in some cases trans-historical art history – mainly by focusing on the early modern period. For example, in her fundamental text on materiality, Elizabeth Edwards states that the colonial culture is deeply material. However, even in these cases, the diversity represented by theoretical and historiographical traditions of different countries or regions have often not been taken into account. Continuer la lecture de Conférence : Encounter of (Colonial) Encounters

Appel à communication : University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience

portrait de Carlo Cesare Malvasia (1616 – 1693), avant 1693, Bologne, Université de Bologne.

Type : Appel à communication

Date limite de l’appel : 1er mai 2017

Date de la manifestation : 6 – 14 octobre 2017

Lieu : Florence, Studienkurs of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017)

In 2013, the Municipality of Bologna set up a competition to find a logo that represents ‘at a local, national and international level’ all the ‘features and elements that make up the face of the city’. The winning project ‘è Bologna’ provides a visual translation of the endless perceptions of the city, linking letters to geometrical forms inspired by archetypical Bolognese images, such as the city walls and the brick mosaic of Santo Stefano. By typing a script, these forms are superimposed with fixed proportions and chromatic relationships. Thus, written words generate different but related signs that render the ‘multiplicity of elements which describe Bologna’. Continuer la lecture de Appel à communication : University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience

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