Author: Stuart Moss

Essay: “Ephemere Bilder in Zeiten des Coronavirus”

In Zeiten der SARS-CoV-2-Pandemie verlagert sich das öffentliche Leben weiter in die digitale Welt. Neben neuen Motiven entstehen auch andere Kommunikationsformen, von den leeren Plätzen bis zu digitalen Klima-Streiks. Diese Bilder erreichen einerseits eine große Öffentlichkeit, verschwinden aber teils ebenso rasch wieder. Die materiellen Ephemera der Pandemie werden längst von Museen weltweit gesammelt, aber auch für die digitalen Bilder stellen sich Fragen nach ihrer langfristigen Speicherung. In einem Beitrag zum Blog des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte, München, haben Ursula Ströbele (Studienzentrum zur Kunst der Moderne und Gegenwart, ZIKG) und Steffen Haug einige dieser Bilder kommentiert.

Essay: “Warburg on epidemics”

The cholera epidemic in Hamburg almost 130 years ago inspired Aby Warburg’s first ever published text. Turning to 15th century Florence, it tells the story of the matriarch of the Strozzi family who lost her husband and four of her children to illness. In an essay for ‘Mnemosyne. The Warburg Institute Blog’, Steffen Haug and Johannes von Müller discuss this early attempt by Warburg to respond by the means of historical comparison to a crisis of his time that was indeed a health crisis.

Adapt & Transform: what comes after actions?

Burton Nitta will share their artworks that aim to prompt debate, create alternative possibilities and inspire action. They will use their projects to explore how we can shift perceptions of ourselves. They ask us to consider drastic transformations to imagine responses to the largest challenges we face, such as climate change.

Colloquium: “Ruins in the archive: constructing visual histories in photography and broadcast media”

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 10.00–18.00

This one-day colloquium will engage with visual archives in response to either loss or potential loss due to the destruction of war. The colloquium proceeds in terms of four thematics: Entering the Archive, Interpreting the Archive, Narrating the Archive and Playing the Archive. Discussing historical examples of visual archives compiled in times of crisis allows for approaching also the question of archives of current conflicts and adequate responses by academic communities.

Toxic Art Histories

A workshop organised by the international research project “Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”.


8 – 9 November 2019

Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity,” Berlin.

From racially and financially motivated scholarship to the pseudo-science of conspiracy theories, art historical boogeymen are ubiquitous. The discipline of art history has deep, potentially inseverable, roots in explicitly nationalistic discourses and the relationships between art history and unsavoury political regimes are written into the scholarly record. Quarantining what we might think of as art historical contagion, however, let alone inoculating the discipline against its past infections, is far from straightforward. Contagion as a metaphor is rich with value and has proven productive in certain historical moments.

Bilderfahrzeuge Reading Group

Selected Tuesdays, 5.30pm, The Warburg Institute.

By demploying the term “Iconology”, Aby Warburg sought to distinguish his own methodology from the pervading art historical practices of his time, generating a nucleation point for new approaches in art history at the beginning of the 20th century. This reading group will study texts and authors that have similarly expanded the field of art history and visual studies over the last 20 years.

Exhibition opening: ‘Bilder auf Wanderschaft. Das Warburg Institute und eine britische Kunstgeschichte’

An exhibition organised by the research network A Vision for Europe: Academic Action and Responsibility in Times of Crises and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.


30 May – 26 June 2019
Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 20:00
Admission free

Opening: 29 May 2019, 18:15 – 20:00


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10
80333 Munich
Germany

Image/Vessel

A workshop organised by the international research project “Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”.


17th – 18th June 2019

The Warburg Institute

By addressing images and vessels with regard to their qualities as carriers and containers, this workshop sets out to think past conventional oppositions of visuality and materiality. Through a series of conversations based on readings and case studies, it seeks to open up new transdisciplinary and transcultural perspectives for interrogating the very notions of ‘image’, ‘thing’ and ‘object’ in space, time, cultures and media.

Call for Applications: Geographies of Cultural memory: a one-day workshop with Carlo Severi, 8th June 2019

The Warburg Institute and the Bilderfahrzeuge Project are pleased to announce a day-long workshop with renowned anthropologist Carlo Severi (Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, LAS/Collège de France). Professor Severi will give a public lecture at the Warburg at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7th. The next day, Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 to 17:00, he will lead a closed-session workshop. We invite PhD students, post-docs, and early career scholars to participate.

A Vision for Europe: Academic Action and Responsibility in Times of Crises

The international research project “Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology” is pleased to announce its partnership with the research network A Vision for Europe: Academic Action and Responsibility in Times of Crises, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The network brings together The Warburg Institute, Central Saint Martins UAL, and the Bilderfahrzeuge project to examine the scholarly use of image-led practices to comment and shape political reality through a unique engagement with the material archive of a photographic exhibition mounted in 1941 by the Warburg Institute in London.