Wednesday, 3 July 2013 from 09:30 to 17:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
SCULPTURAL MOBILITIES: A one-day symposium organised collaboratively by University College London’s Department of Scandinavian Studies, and Kingston University’s Visual and Material Culture Research Centre.
The interdisciplinary symposium will investigate the cultural mobility of sculptural artworks. Positioning the Nordic Countries as a contact zone of sculptural exchange, the project will trace the flows of artworks to and from the Nordic Countries and Europe and examine the impacts these flows generate on both local/regional contexts of display and the nature of the sculptural artwork itself.
Tickets for Sculptural Mobilities are free to postgrads/undergrads and £10 otherwise.
PROGRAMME NOW ANNOUNCED
PLUS NEW PRE-EVENT ADDED - FREE FILM SCREENING JULY 2 2013 7.00PM
Location: Wilkins Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL
Thorvaldsen (1949) by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Screening and lecture by Dr Claire Thomson, Lecturer in Scandinavian Film and Head of UCL Scandinavian Studies
The film screening will be followed by an informal reception in the Wilkins North Cloisters, UCL
SCULPTURAL MOBILITIES SYMPOSIUM - 3 JULY 2013
WILKINS HALDANE ROOM AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
9.00am-9.30pm Introduction and Welcome
Dr Sara Ayres and Dr Elettra Carbone
Dr Claire Thomson and Professor Fran Lloyd
9.30am-11.00am Panel 1: Courtly Patronage and Sculptural Mobilities
Dr Francesco Freddolini, Assistant Professor of Art History at Luther College, University of Regina, Canada: Denmark and the International Mobility of Italian Sculpture, c. 1709-1725
Cynthia Osiecki, PhD Fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Training Group `Baltic Borderlands´ at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald: The Import of Flemish Sculpture into Sweden’s Courts in the Second half of the Sixteenth Century
Dr Kristoffer J Neville, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technical University in Berlin: A Gothic Neptune. Georg Labenwolff's Sculpture for the Danish Court, 1575-1583
11.00am-11.30am Coffee break
11.30am-1.00pm Panel 2: Danish Myth, Italian Maestro: The Unveiling of Bertel Thorvaldsen
Stig Miss, Director of The Thorvaldsen Museum: The Making of Sculptural Awareness in Copenhagen: The Contribution of the Works of Thorvaldsen
Dr Elettra Carbone, Teaching Fellow in Norwegian, University College London: Reading Sculpture: The Remediation of Thorvaldsen’s Sculpture in Printed Culture
Professor David Bindman, the Emeritus Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art, University College London: The Original Drawings for Thiele's biography of Thorvaldsen in the UCL Library
1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch break
During the lunch break there will be time to view the one-day exhibition Rediscovered: Unique Thorvaldsen Portfolios held by UCL Special Collections alongside Karin Lowenadler's Standing Male Nude (1936) Location: UCL Art Museum
2.00pm-3.30pm Panel 3: Post-War Sculptural Exchange between Britain and the Nordic Region
Professor Frances A Lloyd, Associate Dean Research & Enterprise, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University: “Back in from the Cold”: Karin Jonzen’s Commissions for the World Health Organisation
Christina Brandberg, PhD Candidate, University of Hull: Henry Moore in the Nordic Countries: the first two one-man-shows in 1952
Dr Sara Ayres, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Kingston University: Transfiguring Memorials in Norway and Britain
3.30pm-4.00pm Coffee break
4.00pm-5.30pm Panel 4: Curatorial Mobilities
Linda Hinners, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, National Museum, Stockholm: Establishing a Platform for National Sculpture Production: The Recruitment of French Sculptors to Sweden during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Dr Liisa Lindgren, Senior Curator, Parliament of Finland, Helsinki: Sculpture Hand in Glove with Architecture: The Sculpture Collection at the Finnish Parliament
Dr Marjorie Trusted, Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A: Medieval Scandinavia and Victorian South Kensington
5.30pm-6.00pm Concluding Remarks and Final Discussion: Chaired by Dr Marjorie Trusted of the V&A
6.00pm-7.00pm Drinks and Networking
Location: Wilkins Haldane Room, UCL
CALL FOR PAPERS
Sculptural Mobilities: tracing the flows of sculptural artworks between the Nordic Countries and Europe from the early modern period to the present day
A one-day symposium organised collaboratively by University College London’s Department of Scandinavian Studies, and Kingston University’s Visual and Material Culture Research Centre.
This symposium is funded by the Henry Moore Foundation.
The interdisciplinary symposium will investigate the cultural mobility of sculptural artworks. Positioning the Nordic Countries as a contact zone of sculptural exchange, the project will trace the flows of artworks to and from the Nordic Countries and Europe and examine the impacts these flows generate on both local/regional contexts of display and the nature of the sculptural artwork itself. Histories of sculpture within the Nordic region are arguably under-studied and the region’s influence upon and translation of influences from the wider Europe remain insufficiently traced. Our symposium will seek to emphasise the Nordic Countries’ important role as an interstice between the East, West and the North, and to bring to light individual histories of sculptural mobility from the early modern period onwards. We welcome papers uncovering new histories of sculptural mobility and those focused on examples of contemporary practice, which continue the exchange of sculptural artworks and artists between the Nordic Countries and Europe today.
Stephen Greenblatt has defined cultural mobility as ‘the restless process through which texts, images, artefacts, and ideas are moved, disguised, translated, transformed, adapted, and reimagined in the ceaseless, resourceful work of culture.’ The sculptural artwork by contrast is often imagined as static and fixed, stable and immutable. To what extent is the sculptural artwork changed by transcultural recontextualisation? What is the potential for movement to compel a performative response within the moving object itself – what are the ways in which it is materially made to move via this process of transcultural exchange? Conversely, how do sculptures impact their new contexts of display? To what extent do moving sculptures confirm or critique the complexity, interdependence and instability of ‘localised’ cultures?
We are interested in examining the movements of specific sculptural artworks between the Nordic Countries and Europe from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, encompassing the history of art and aesthetics, reception, geography, anthropology, economics, technology, identity and historiography; we hope to bring hidden histories of sculpture to light and to stimulate new research.
Papers may draw upon the following and other, unlisted topics:
Materiality and immaterial objects and environments
Shifting landscapes and regional identities
Curating moving/changing collections
The relationship of an object to its site/s
Trajectories and temporalities
Technological reproducibility and reproduction, travelling copies
Home and belonging, territorialisation
Interpretation and reception
Public and private contexts of display
Commercial drivers of mobility
Movement at the meta/macro/micro levels
Permanence and commemoration
Space and place
The motives and agents of sculptural mobility
Exile and nationalism
Environment and installation
Construction and destruction
Continuity and rupture
Moving image and sound
Performativity and participation
The interchange of centres and peripheries of production and consumption
Papers from the symposium may be published in a special issue of the journal Scandinavica. An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies published by Norvik Press and funded by NOP-HS (Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and the Social Sciences).
We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers from academics, early career researchers, postdocs and PhD students, artists and curators. Paper abstracts (maximum 300 words) and a short bio (maximum 100 words) should be submitted to Elettra Carbone (email@example.com) and Sara Ayres (S.Ayres@kingston.ac.uk) by March 15 2013.