Symposium | Strategies of the Interior

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 17, 2013

From the flyer for the upcoming symposium related to the University of Bern’s Interior project:

Strategies of the Interior: Anachronisms, Discontinuities, Narratives
University of Bern and Villa Mettlen, Muri bei Bern, 16-17 May 2013

Registration due by 26 April 2013

Concept and coordination: Christine Göttler, Peter Schneemann, and Tabea Schindler

Screen shot 2013-04-14 at 5.52.32 PMThis workshop is part of the activities of the Bern based SNSF Sinergia project The Interior: Art, Space, and Performance (Early Modern to Postmodern). It aims to provide a forum for exploring strategies and notions of the interior in diverse cultural contexts. Among the topics of focus are interiors as sites or signifiers of social, cultural, and religious interactions; narratives generated and stimulated by inhabited interiors; and the construction of interior spaces that refer to, represent and recreate different origins, experiences, and identities. Papers address the permeability and ambiguity of interior spaces, experienced as oscillating between private and public as well as between interior and exterior worlds. Attendance is free of charge but due to limited seats, registration is required until 26 April 2013. Contact: Michèle Seehafer, Project Assistant, michele.seehafer@ikg.unibe.ch. For more information please visit our project website.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  1 6  M A Y  2 0 1 3
University of Bern

6:15  Keynote Lecture: Reindert Falkenburg (New York University Abu Dhabi), “Hieronymus Bosch, Diableries, and ‘Faulty Vision’” (keynote lecture)

F R I D A Y ,  1 7  M A Y  20 1 3
Villa Mettlen

9:00  Registration

9:15  Welcome and Introduction: Christine Göttler and Peter J. Schneemann

Anachronisms: Spaces as Sites or Signifiers
Chaired by Tabea Schindler

9:30  Nick Kaye (University of Exeter), “The Outside [Is] The Inside”

10:30  Pascal Griener (University of Neuchâtel), “Raptures in Ruptures: The Representation of Periods through Rooms in the Crystal Palace at Sydenham (London), 1854–1870”

11:30  Coffee and Tea

Narratives: The Construction and Representation of Space
Chaired by Peter J. Schneemann

11:45  Beate Söntgen (Leuphana University of Lüneburg), “Chardin: Interiority – Interaction – Communication”

12:45  Lunch

14:00  Michael Lüthy (Freie Universität Berlin), “The Room at the End of History: Marcel Duchamp in the Philadelphia Museum of Art”

15:00  Coffee and Tea

Discontinuities: The Animation and Stimulation of Space
Chaired by Christine Göttler

15:15  Caroline Van Eck (Leiden University), “‘To roll back the current of time to show glorious visions of the past’: The Period Rooms of William Beckford and Sir John Soane”

16:15  Ursula Frohne (University of Cologne), “Shared Spaces: Collective Experience and Receptive Modes inside Cinematographic Environments”

17:15  Final Discussion

Exhibition | Young James Boswell in London, 1762–63

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on April 17, 2013

From The Lewis Walpole Library:

‘In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd’: Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763
The Lewis Walpole Library, April — mid-October 2013

Curated by James Caudle, The Associate Editor, Boswell Editions

Boswell_image-only_2 (2)In autumn 1762, the ambitious, clever, jovial, and bumptious twenty-two-year-old Scotsman James Boswell traveled south from Edinburgh to London to seek his fortune in the capital. In his lively journal, he recorded his extraordinarily action-packed eight months there, and his efforts to become a permanent Londoner.

London in the Sixties (the 1760s) was a thrilling place, full of pleasures and dangers, wisdom and folly, high life and low life. This exhibition aspires to place visitors ‘in the midst of the jovial crowd’ in which young James Boswell felt so alive and happy. Prints by Hogarth and Rowlandson and others, and rare books and ballads, will bring to life the current events, everyday social life, and personalities celebrated in Boswell’s London Journal, unpublished until 1950, but now one of the best-loved works of eighteenth-century life-writing.

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