three approaches to three dimensions

Three Workshops and a Conference on Sculpture and Change

Workshop I: Reconfigured Spaces

Friday, 14 October 2011

14.00 - 18.00, Research Forum South Room

stag sculpture constructed from scaffolding
Ben Long, Stag, 2008, scaffolding construction, 520.3 x 297.6 x 915.8 cm, derelict site, Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle, London. Photo (detail): © Ben Long, 2008

Speaker(s): Jennifer Brewin (Cambridge University), Wolf Burchard (The Courtauld), Lucy Newman Cleeve (King’s College, London/Man and Eve Gallery), Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta (Pratt Institute, New York), Junghwa Lee (artist), Vanja Malloy (The Courtauld), Lesley Milner (The Courtauld), Rachel Withers (Wimbledon College of Art).

Ticket/entry details: All welcome but numbers are limited. Advance booking by noon Wednesday 12 October 2011 is required. For further information and to making a book please contact

Organised by: Dr Jim Harris (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This is the first of three workshops examining issues relating to sculpture and change, leading towards a conference to be held in May 2012.

How are we to understand the spaces from which sculpture has been removed, or into which it has been inserted?  What are the implications for other objects of the loss of sculptural elements from their original homes, or their imposition on new locations? How does space function differently when occupied by intended and unintended inhabitants?  How does the loss of sculptural content affect the subsequent design, adaptation or use of architectural space?  What kinds of looking are permitted/prohibited by differently inhabited loci?  How can sculpture inform our understanding of spaces whose function and form have been changed or lost?

The 2007 Henry Moore Institute Conference, Sculpture in the Museum, addressed some of the issues involved in the formal, institutional display of sculpture. This workshop will explore questions raised by the broader relationship between three-dimensional objects and the spaces they are made for, removed from and into which they are placed.

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For the Calls for Papers for the other two workshops on 2 December 2011 and 10 February 2012 and the conference on 11/12 May 2012, click here

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