|The call for papers for the IAWIS-sponsored session at the College Art Association conference in Washington DC, 3-6 February 2016 is now open:
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 31 JULY!
In the Light of Modern Media: Word and Image Analysis as Heuristic Tool
Art history, as a modern and modernist textual discipline that studies two- and three- dimensional art, derived from and, thus, naturalized Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s system of the arts, which, as it was based on the analysis of painting and poetry as space- and time-based arts, had established the notion of the existence of specific realms for visual and textual media. Yet the institutionalization of art history at the end of the nineteenth century coincided with the creation of the motion picture camera and projector. The flourishing of moving image technologies in the twentieth century spurred the historical avant-gardes’ penchant to amalgamate time- and space-based arts. Concurrently, whereas mainstream film, animation, and video stemmed from text-based production processes and favored narrative structures, most experimental filmmakers resisted textual inferences in the media. Further eroding the distinction between textual and visual media that underpins the epistemological foundations and practice of art history, the mid-twentieth-century digital revolution compounded still- and moving-image with the latest computer technology. Enthusiastically adopted by vanguard artists, electronic and later digital technologies (broadly labeled new media) have also impacted art historical research and teaching methodologies.
In this session we hope to question whether and how moving-image technologies and the “shift from separate representational and inscription media to a computer metamedium” (Manovich) have affected the production of art and art history. We invite papers that address case studies where the influence of moving image technology and/or new media, by contesting preconceived assumptions about distinct visual and textual media, has shaped the production of modern and contemporary art and art history. We also welcome papers that reflect on the past and present of the discipline of art history at a time when new media and media archeological studies are offering new approaches to the study of the history of the visual arts.
Please send a preliminary 250-word abstract, letter of interest, and current CV to the session organizer Jorgelina Orfila by 31 July, 2015. For more information, see http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2016CallforParticipation.pdf or contact the organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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