Into the Wild. Art and Architecture in a Global Context

17th Colloquium for Young Researchers of Art History in Switzerland

Although the concept “global turn” (Casid / D’Souza 2014) was coined in the 21st century, it can be used to trace processes of transnational, transcultural, transregional interaction of all historic periods. Art and architecture have always been places of exchange, conflict and migration. People, objects, materials and knowledge moved and still move between cultures – marked as political, religious or social. Thus, art history claims a key role, because it has always dealt with these processes and their materialization. Nonetheless James Elkins (2007) asked if and how art history can be global. This colloquium aims at positioning itself critically to and offering insight into the latest art historical research. Following Elkins, we would like to focus especially on methodological approaches as means of globalizing art history. We understand this colloquium as a platform for current art historical writing. It is not about presenting completed research, but about discussing methodological and topical challenges. Following a call for papers, we have invited MA students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers from different Universities and Federal Institutes in Switzerland.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Venue: University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, RAA-G-01 Aula (Second Floor)
Tram Stop “Kantonsschule" or "Kunsthaus"

09.00 Welcome and Introduction

09.15 SECTION I – IMAGES OF THE OTHER

Chair: Filine Wagner

  • Patricia Lurati (University of Zurich): “The Merchant’s Eye”: A New Perception of Exotic Animals
  • Pathmini Lanka Ukwattage (University of Basel): “Architecture Indigenous to the Soil” – Ideology, Imagery and Architectural Historiography in British India and Great Britain

10.15 Coffee Break

10.30 SECTION II – DESTRUCTION AND DECAY

Chair: Laura Hindelang

  • Laura Bohnenblust (University of Bern): Slashing, Smashing, Setting on Fire – Destruction in Argentinian Art of the 1960s
  • Sandro Weilenmann (Courtauld Institute of Art, London): ‘Postproduction’ and Global Audience Networks
  • Lisa Blackmore (University of Zurich): Modern Ruins and Contemporary Art in Venezuela: Towards a New Monumentality?

13.00 Lunch Break

14.30 SECTION III – ARCHIVE, COLLECTION AND DISPLAY

Chair: Charlotte Matter

  • Martin Hartung (ETH Zurich): Work in Progress: The Max Protetch Gallery Archive
  • Julia Gogoleva (University of Zurich): Image of Byzantium in the Museum Collections of Europe
  • Muriel Willi (University of Lausanne): Window to the World with a View over the Lake Lucerne: Architecture and Aesthetics of the “World Exhibition of Photography” between Regional and International Forces

16.00 Coffee Break

16.30 SECTION IV – NATIONALISMS

Chair: Antonie Bassing-Kontopidis

  • Dayron Carillo Morell (University of Zurich): Archi-Landscape and Telling Architectures in Mid-Twentieth-Century Mexican Aesthetic Modernity
  • Marco Jalla (University of Geneva): Questioning the Germanity, Frenchness or Englishness of Raphael’s Oeuvre through the Cartography of Originals and Copies around 1850

18.00 AWARD PRESENTATION AND APERITIF

“Förderpreis Kunstwissenschaft” Awarded by the Alfred Richterich Stiftung and VKKS | ASHHA
Presented by the Jury Member Prof. Dr. Julia Gelshorn (University of Fribourg)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Morning Session Venue: University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, RAA-E-27 (Ground Floor)
Tram Stop “Kantonsschule" or "Kunsthaus"

09.30 ARTICULATIONS BREAKFAST TALK

  • Q&A with Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (University of Zurich): Global Art History and the Islamic World

10.15 WORKSHOP I: INTO THE NET

  • Stefanie Marlene Wenger and Ismene Wyss (University of Bern): Limits of Perception: Social Media as Extension of Self-Expression

Reading: Jan Schmidt, Das neue Netz. Merkmale, Praktiken und Folgen des Web 2.0, Konstanz 2009, 74–83.

Schmidt 2009 (PDF, 3367 KB)

12.00 Lunch Break and Transfer to ETH Zurich, Campus Hönggerberg

Afternoon Session Venue: gta Archiv, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5, 8093 Zurich, HIL C 64/65
Tram 9 until Stop “Milchbuck”, then Bus 69 until Stop “ETH Hönggerberg” 

14.00 WORKSHOP II: INTO THE ARCHIVE

  • Identity Constructions: Swiss Architectural Practice Abroad – Discussion with Original Material from the gta Archive

16.00 CONCLUSION

Final Remarks and Goodbye

Concept and Organization:

Antonie Bassing-Kontopidis, Laura Hindelang, Charlotte Matter, Filine Wagner
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