Conference | Ways of Seeing

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 11, 2015

2015 Queen’s House Conference | Ways of Seeing
Royal Museums Greenwich, 17 July 2015

‘The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled’
John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)

Greenwich has long been a site intimately connected with processes of looking. From court pageantry to astronomical observation, perfection of a maritime art genre to the training of boys for naval duties, its buildings have developed around concerns for presentation and representation, seeing and being seen.

For the 2015 Queen’s House conference, we take our current contemporary art exhibition as inspiration to think about processes of looking and recording. Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin (on view from 5 March to 26 July 2015) considers seven modern and historic lives that have had a particular relationship with looking: an eye surgeon, planetary explorer, human rights lawyer, contemporary artist, astronomer royal, marine draughtsman, and astronomy assistant. Their lives emerge through Dryden Goodwin’s intense drawn and filmed portraits, the tools and papers of their trades, and objects from the museum’s collection. Building on the themes and characters of the exhibition, this one-day conference aims to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on ways of seeing.

Conference fee: £35, concessions £25 (available to students and people over 60). The booking form is available here, or call 020 8312 6716.

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F R I D A Y ,  1 7  J U N E  2 0 1 5

9.00  Registration, coffee, and viewing the exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking

10.00  Welcome and introduction by Katy Barrett (Royal Museums Greenwich)

10.10  Keynote Lecture by Dryden Goodwin

11.00  Coffee and tea

11.30  Session 1 | Seeing from Afar
• Luci Eldridge (Royal College of Art, London), A Glimpse of Mars through Fractured Illusion: The Materiality of the Stereo Image
• Emily Casey (University of Delaware), Seeing Empire in J.F.W. des Barres’s Atlantic Neptune (1777)
• William Nelson (University of Toronto), Learning to See from Above: Eye-witnessing, Disorientation, and the Aerial View

13.00  Lunch and time to visit exhibition

14.00  Session 2 | Seeing with the Body
• Angela Breidbach (Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg), Cut and Connect: Some Parallels between Anatomical Section, Image Montage, and the Theatre of Memory
• Maria Hayes (visual artist), Cubist Ways of Seeing
• Quoc Vuong, Gabriele Jordan, Michael Cox, and Yoav Tadmore (Newcastle University), Are Sketches Good Visual Representations of the World?

15.30  Coffee and tea

16.00  Session 3 | Seeing at the Surface
• Sarah Chapman (University of Plymouth), ‘The Body which throbs’: Photography and Graphic Intervention
• Rahma Khazam (art critic and independent scholar), ‘Eluding the All-Seeing Eye’
• Jacqui Knight (University of Plymouth), The Contact Sheet in Close Up

17.30  Wrap up and discussion led by Damian Smith, RMIT University, Melbourne

18.00  Drinks reception


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