Art Postgraduate Symposium


Wednesday 27th June 2012, G09 Old Whiteknights House, Reading University

10.00 – 10.20 Registration and Uploading Power Points

10.20 Welcome

First Panel   Chair: Barbara Berrington

10.30 – 10.50   Jane Williams: Boris Anrep’s Mosaic for Augustus John.

This early commission by the mosaicist Boris Anrep for the home of Augustus John portrays both the artist and his family. Anrep depicted them in a reverential manner which is more closely aligned in spirit to his religious works rather than his society portraits.

10.50 – 11.10   Alison Boyd: The Significance of the Location and Planning of Southampton Civic Centre.

This presentation will consider the choice of site and the comprehensive plans for the area surrounding Southampton Civic Centre (1929-39) as these highlight the hopes and aspirations of those responsible for the project and are an indication of a considerable investment in the future of the town.

11.10 – 11.30   Holly Barton: Illustrations of war in photographs and artist’s interpretations: an example of the transition between media in the British Illustrated Press from 1915.

This paper will explore how different media of illustration were used to support and consolidate one another, and how the limitations of photography were circumnavigated in the early years of the war. The transition will consider how photography, even when censored, suggested authenticity, while illustration continued the narrative, and filled the lacunae in scenes of battle that could not be caught on camera.

11.30 – 11.45   Questions

11.45 – 12.00   Tea/coffee break

Second Panel   Chair: Clair Drever

12.00 – 12.20   Donna Yamani: Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum: History, Memory and Community Uniting in the Twenty First Century.

This paper will consider how Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum has included installations which explore and challenge the historical aspect of the site and the development of the term ‘community art’ and what ‘community’ means to artists and residents of the city. The artists to be discussed here are Katerina Seda (Over and Over, 2008) and Matthias Einhoff (Celebration, 2009).

12.20 – 12.40   Kevin O’Connor: Betwixt Belief and Doubt.

Research focuses on firstly, how the artist and artwork although experiential, are believed to be rational in origin, and as such, are the subject of belief and doubt. Secondly, how the belief and doubt that surrounds artist and artwork centres on the nature of the subjectivity of their connection.

12.40 – 1.00   Kate Corder: Cultivation Field.

Kate’s recent research has centered around Cultivation Field as a curatorial project, the focus of which extended from the Cultivation Field Postgraduate Symposium that took place last September at the University of Reading.  This presentation will consider curation as practice or medium, the wider area of Cultivation Field as a discourse or field of interest in art and how this fits in with Kate’s own allotments research studies.

1.00 – 1.15   Questions

1.15 – 2.00   Lunch in the Art History Reading Room

Third Panel   Chair: Donna Yamani

2.00 – 2.20   Clair Drever: Underground Film in London, 1960’s and 1970’s.

Ideas of temporality, image and the materiality of film permeated the culture of The London Film-Makers Cooperative in the 1960’s and 70’s. They made significant innovations with multi-screen films and expanded cinema events, producing works whose essence was defined by their ephemerality. How are such expressions of immediacy remembered in the twenty first century?

2.20 – 2.40   Giulia Mezzi: Camillo Boito’s restoration of Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica del Santo in Padua.

Donatello’s Altar underwent several modifications since its original conception designed in the 1440’s. This presentation focuses on Boito’s reconstruction and restoration of the altar (1895), which has been documented by the same architect in an original volume published in 1897.

2.40 – 3.00   Glenis Kerr Elliot: Memory and Memorial: The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford.

This paper looks at the concept of encyclopaedia and memory and the classical basis of education in late seventeenth century Britain, and suggests that for patrons, trustees and architects the tombs of emperors were inspiration for this memorial to Dr John Radcliffe in his university city.

3.00 – 3.15   Questions

3.15 – 3.30   Tea/coffee break

Fourth Panel   Chair: Glenis Kerr Elliot

3.30 – 3.50   Barbara Berrington: Habits of Performance.

A Dominican Friar appears in almost every fresco of Fra Angelico’s decorative programme at San Marco Convent. His dress identifies and separates him out, proclaims his role and his social purpose. But what performance practices did the habit embody for strict observant Dominicans in the Florence of 1450 – and how is this portrayed?

3.50 – 4.10   Rebecca Gill: From Heretics to Saints: the church of San Barnaba, Milan.

This paper will address how the Barnabite Order, having been accused of heresy by the church of Rome, sought to redefine themselves through the architecture of their mother church, San Barnaba, designed by Galeazzo Alessi in 1561.

4.10 – 4.20   Questions and concluding comments

4.30 and onwards   A glass of wine in the Art History Reading Room

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