Art and Vision Science:

Engulfed and in Motion: Some Notes on the Phenomenon of Perception in Contemporary Installation Art

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Ilya Kabakov's installation of 'The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment' showing hole in ceiling, machinery and empty shoes
Ilya Kabakov, The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment, 1988 (from the exhibition "Ten Characters" at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York). Photo: D. James Dee// Scanned from the publication: Amei Wallach: Ilya Kabakov, New York 1996, p. 199. Image Courtesy of Ilya Kabakov: VG Bild Kunst Bonn

Speaker(s): Regine Rapp (Co-Director and Curator, Art Laboratory Berlin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Tim Satterthwaite and Dr Meredith A Brown

In recent decades installation art has become a dominant genre in the visual arts. Many installation artists have placed an emphasis on spatial perception, using a variety of aesthetic strategies. These provoke an increased attention and a more active role for the spectator, creating perceptions that go beyond the visual. Regine Rapp’s lecture will stress the multisensory aspect of contemporary installation art in the works of Ilya Kabakov, Guillaume Bijl, and Janet Cardiff & Georges Bures Miller. Of special importance will be the viewer/participant’s motion through the space of individual installations, as well as aspects of kinaesthetics. Central to her analysis is reception theory, which underlines the relationship between artwork and spectator – in this case the relationship between the space and the engulfed recipient.

Regine Rapp is an art historian and curator. She works as Assistant Professor at the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle, where she teaches art history. Currently she is researching the spatial aesthetics of contemporary installation art. Further fields of specialisation include image and text theory, modern and contemporary art, and the artist’s book in the twentieth century. She is a member of the International Association on Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) and Synapse (Haus der Kulturen der Welt). She co-founded Art Laboratory Berlin in 2006 and has curated over 30 exhibitions. In 2011 she realised the international Sol LeWitt Symposium at Art Laboratory Berlin. Recently she conceived the international transdisciplinary conference Synaesthesia. Discussing a phenomenon in the arts, humanities and (neuro-)science, which took place in July 2013 at Art Laboratory Berlin.

The 2013 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series explores the intersection between art and vision science. More than fifty years after Gombrich’s pioneering Art and Illusion, the science of perception remains, for the most part, marginal to art historical practice, despite extraordinary recent advances in our understanding of the visual brain. In this series of five international lectures, leading vision scientists and art historians argue the case for a new engagement between art and science, in which scientific models of vision inform the theories and approaches of art history. The complex dynamics of perception, unlocked by contemporary vision science, contain implications for the study of art that are only now being realised.

Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation with additional support from The Guarantors of Brain

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