Performing Art History II:

Conveying Research, Communicating Collaboration


Friday, 18 May 2012

12.00 - 18.00, (with registration from 11.30)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Please note that online booking is now closed for this event but additional tickets will be available on the day.

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Building on a second year of workshops and seminars, the Performing Art History Group present a second conference exploring the clarity, diversity, and freedom that can come from presenting art historical research directly to an audience.

Shifting away from the inevitable limitations of more traditional, static routes for art history in books or journals, the conference will showcase a wide range of new techniques and technologies at the disposal of researchers. As such, papers will look to their content for interesting and novel ways of presenting information and communicating research, blurring subject and presentation through a variety of media and rhetorical techniques: video, sound, reconstructive software, artificial intelligence, and audience participation.

This year the conference also has an additional focus on collaboration, bringing together art historians from different parts of the discipline, as well as artists and scientists, to present papers that take the common ground between scholars as a starting point for both content and method. In so doing, the conference hopes to encourage and explore new directions in the live environment of art history, as well as allowing interesting and diverse partnerships to emerge both within the discipline and beyond it.

Cristiano Agostino (University of Edinburgh); Elena Crippa (Tate); Lázló Gárdonyi (ELTE, Budapest); Jim Harris (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Frank A. Jeste (University of Reading); Stephen Knott (Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art); Irene Noy (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Szabolcs Nyisztor (Budapest University of Technology and Economics); Lucy Steeds (Central St. Martins) ; Jeanie Sinclair (University College Falmouth/St. Ives Archive); Emma Smith (Artist); Miranda Stearn (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Michaela Zöschg (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission but due to limited space advance booking is required. Book online:

Organised by: Jack Hartnell with Dr Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

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