AAH Student Summer Symposium: Art and Ephemerality

 26–27 June 2014 | University of Bristol

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Simon Shaw-Miller, History of Art Department, University of Bristol

Professor Paul Binski, History of Art Department, University of Cambridge

Bringing together internationally renowned scholars, early career and student researchers, this two-day symposium will explore the implications of ephemerality for art and its histories through a wide range of historical and critical perspectives. How do ephemeral practices—from medieval and early modern rituals to contemporary site-specific and performance-based events—intersect with the history of art and exhibitions? How should art history negotiate methodologies and strategies of documentation and preservation, when the delicate nature of materials sometimes results in the transformation, deterioration, or even disappearance of the work? When objects or the places in which they were displayed are irretrievably lost, is it possible to access them through documents that attempt to instigate a sense of permanence that was denied at the time? And how have museums and other exhibition spaces attempted to collect, display and preserve ephemeral objects? In the wake of recent technological developments, we will investigate if and how the dialectics of permanence and impermanence related to momentary flickers of celluloid or transitory pixels on a screen differ from those of bygone times. How do (media) technologies invoke notions of ephemerality and contemporaneity across different historical times?

Places strictly limited: University of Bristol Students and Alumni £7*, AAH Members £18, Non-Members £26

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*Tickets are subsidised through the generous support of the University of Bristol’s Alumni Foundation, Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA) and the History of Art Department