WORKSHOP - Playing with medieval visions, sounds & sensations (Monday 17 Oc...
Playing with Medieval Visions, Sounds, and Sensations
THIS BOOKING PAGE RELATES TO THE WORKSHOP TAKING PLACE ON MONDAY 17 OCTOBER BETWEEN 14.30-17.00. SEE LINKS TO OTHER SLOTS BELOW.
Discover the complex and beautiful physical and aural properties of two medieval poems – The House of Fame and Dream of the Rood – in this series of events produced by current King’s researchers.
Two workshops will explore Chaucer’s The House of Fame; a fourteenth century poem composed in Middle English, which follows a dreaming narrator as they encounter Lady Fame’s mystical palace, located somewhere between heaven and earth, where reputations are made and broken. We will find inspiration in its shifting sonic architecture and strange signs.
Two workshops will focus on the Old English Dream of the Rood. Preserved as a complete poem only in the 10th century Vercelli Book, lines of the poem are also found carved onto the 8th century Ruthwell Cross, a huge stone sculpture still standing in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The mysterious voice of the Rood and the runic writing of the Ruthwell Cross reveal the various ways early Christians imagined their God.
This is an opportunity to make creative work across 2D, 3D and audio and video media, completely open to all creative and technical abilities. Learn how to speak Old and Middle English aloud, and create written, visual, and spoken responses to these medieval poems. You’ll be guided through text translations, collage and drawing techniques, 3D-making, and video and audio recording.
For information about the symposium & exhibition related to this event, please visit the Festival website.
Find out more about the poems and the artists who have inspired these workshops, on our student blog.
14.30-17.00 & 18.00-19.30 Monday 17 October 2016
River Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus
Charlotte Rudman is a PhD candidate in the English Department. Her research focuses on sound and sound representations in Medieval dream vision poetry.
Fran Allfrey is a PhD candidate, funded by the LAHP and AHRC. Her research explores how contemporary artists and cultural institutions represent the early medieval.
Francesca Brooks is an LAHP funded PhD student. She uses new archival evidence to illuminate the influence of Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon culture on twentieth century poet and artist, David Jones.
Charlotte Knight is a PhD candidate in the English Department, exploring the poetics of memory in Chaucer’s dream vision poetry.
Carl Kears was awarded his PhD last year. He is currently working on a project looking at instances of creative use of Old English in the King’s Archives.
Beth Whalley is a PhD candidate, funded by the Rick Trainor Scholarship and the Canals and River Trust. Her research explores the different ways we understand water and waterways in past and present culture.