Circulaire 20

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Earlier this year we were very gratified to become affiliated with the College Art Association, but now we have more great news: this year EPCAF will presenting a panel at the 3rd Festival de l’histoire de l’art in Fontainebleau.

Our panel is on Sunday morning in the Salle d’honneur of the Mairie (see more details below). This makes EPCAF officially transatlantic. We are thrilled because this has always been one of our main objectives.

For those unfamiliar with the Festival, it is a free three-day public event. More information is available at

On this occasion we would also like to have our annual EPCAF spring meeting on Friday, May 31st at the Relais Odéon restaurant starting at 5:45pm. The perfect time for a celebratory aperitif! It is indeed at the Relais Odéon restaurant that EPCAF was founded three years ago. Please join us to meet, chat, and celebrate EPCAF’s accomplishments so far.

Below you will find the usual announcements and listings.

All our best, and looking forward to seeing you soon!

Catherine Dossin & Victoria H.F. Scott


Lecture Series “Art – Research – Gender”


01.10.2013 – 30.06.2014

Deadline: Jun 2, 2013

This series of lectures focuses on a broad range of questions pertaining to the practice of art and the study of art: to procedures of subjectivization of materials on a concrete level; to approaches to ‚new‘ materials or the rebellious appropriation of approved materials; to the crucial feminist concept of re-appropriating one’s own body and its subversive use as material and medium, for example for script, for literal inscriptions into skin, under the deployment of abjection.

Interest is also focused on new looks at the historical discourse surrounding a female aesthetics, which centered on materials and qualities such as viscosity, tactility, and specific artistic techniques. The subject matter also encompasses the great attention textiles have recently attracted both in artistic and scholarly practice as well as the issue of the im/materiality of projection. Not least, interest is directed at considerations and case studies on the relationship of material, medium, and the movement of the commodity; at concepts and modes of work, which are already inscribed in the raw material; and at the relationship of material aesthetics and processes of fetishization.

Usually, eight lectures are selected for each academic year, which are held on Wednesdays at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. We expect talks to take up to 60 minutes; a discussion follows.

Please submit your proposal by email on or before June 2, 2013, to Please include:

– Working title; Abstract (300 words); Short biography; Your contact data

Submissions are accepted in German or English.


Becoming-Image: Contemporary Performance and Its Formalization

2013 UAAC/AAUC Conference, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

October 17 – 20, 2013

Deadline: Jun 4, 2013

Studies of performance art have long been mired in questions of documentation, repetition, and reification. Scholars such as Sven Lütticken, Rebecca Schneider and Judith Butler have addressed a “repeat performance” that pervades all social relations under capitalism. In response, recent works by a number of artists show a changed approach in which live performance art is already an image or object designed for display or reproduction. This panel sets out to discuss the becoming-image or becoming-object of ephemeral, body-based work through such topics as: artistic engagements with repertories of gesture drawn from high culture and popular media or with historical systems of formal notation; the commodification of performance art within an “experience economy”; the institutional development of specific vocabularies and formal aesthetic criteria; and attempts to codify durational works for re-enactment by other bodies in other contexts. We welcome papers and artistic contributions that engage with new thinking on contemporary performance and its formalization in a broadly geographic, political and interdisciplinary sense.

Please submit abstracts (150-word maximum) for 20-minute papers directly to the session chairs, along with a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) that specifies your rank and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

Jessica Santone, Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

Milena Tomic, Independent Scholar:


Pyrotechnic Sculpture

November 21, 2013

Leeds, Henry Moore Institute

Deadline: Jun 14, 2013

This one-day symposium coincides with the Henry Moore Institute exhibitions: Dennis Oppenheim; Thought Collision Factories, Jean Tinguely: Spiral and Stephen Cripps: Pyrotechnic Sculptor. All three of these sculptors pushed the boundaries of sculpture not only by employing purpose-built mechanised objects and kinetic contraptions, but also through pyrotechnics. Each of them turned to fireworks, explosives, flares, fires and other kinds of combustibles and detonations to make temporary sculptural works, the sparks of which shone brightly across the landscape of contemporary sculpture in Europe and North America throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Fire, flare and smoke were all harnessed by these artists for visual, sonic, material and spatial effects, in fascinating, ambitious and imaginative ways, with associations and meanings that extend well beyond their more literal ‘dematerialising’ qualities.
We welcome thirty minute papers that look at examples of pyrotechnic sculpture found across the modern and contemporary period, both before and after the work of these three artists. We are seeking new and original research on this kind of work, interested in its deployment of kinetic sculptural form and use of activated assemblage, its accounts of temporality and ephemerality, its collision of object and event, sculpture and performance, its modes of staging, display and re-display, and finally, in the on-going life of this kind of work today, as well as its recent history.

Please email a 250 word abstract and a copy of your CV, by Friday 14th June 2013, to


Image and Word: The Fourth International Graduate Symposium of Art History

October 11-13, 2013

Peking University

Deadline: June 15, 2013

The studies on image and word went hand in hand with the development and transformation of humanistic disciplines. In Art History, the theory of Iconology has close affinity with the contemporary visual/linguistic theory such as Semiotics. However, the latter is different from the former in a traditional Art-Historical sense, in that the latter’s scope of study goes beyond the image’s formation, symbolism, visual source, and meaning to include the relation between image and word; it also includes the function of image in the process of human cognition, as well as the ideology of image, and the roles the image plays in an era of visual world. In addition, visual/linguistic theory addresses issues such as whether image (the visual) is a kind of narrative, the relation between image and cinema (motional pictures), and the analogy of visuality of image to that of language, etc. Moreover, visual/linguistic theory addresses an interdisciplinary approach to the above issues. Image and word, to some extent, have shaped a cross-disciplinary field in the humanities, which has drawn scholarship from philosophers, literary critics, and art historians. In those studies, the essential issue is about the relation between word and image, or, textuality and visuality. How to reexamine those issues in art-historical studies is what is at stake of our intellectual goals of this symposium.

The 2013 Peking University Graduate Symposium aims to providing young scholars with an intellectually engaging platform, where they can exchange ideas and share their own research across the theme of “Image and Word.” We are now open to accept proposals from graduate students both in China and overseas.

During the symposium, we will offer accommodations to the invited participants, including food and lodging. In addition, we will cover costs for a field trip for the participants, which will be organized following the symposium. The working language will be both Chinese and English.

Potential participants should submit a proposal of 1000-word and current curriculum vitae to: by June 15, 2013. A confirmation email will be sent to applicants after the proposals are selected.

If you have any questions, please contact: Mr. Wu Yanwu: or Mr. Liang Shuhan:


Architecture of Centrality: The Transformation of City Centers in Postwar Europe.

Poznan, September 20 – 21, 2013

Deadline: Jun 15, 2013

While European city centers have for centuries been the sites of buildings designed with respect to their central location, the notion of centrality underwent a considerable change during the second half of the 20th century.

This problem has gathered a special meaning after the war, when huge destruction of cities had caused the necessity of their transformations. The reconstruction of damaged parts had to refer to historical heritage, but it was also a chance to create a new idea of a city. These issues are important with regard for the change of a life style, but also for the power of financial capital or for the influence of ideology on shaping the image of the cities.

Please submit abstracts of less than 500 words by June 15, 2013 to Piotr Marciniak


2013 Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy

22-23 November 2013

University of London

Deadline: July 15, 2013

This conference will explore the many different ways in which images and symbols have circulated in modern Italy since 1800. The intention is to consider images of all types and explore their role in generating perceptions of Italy and the Italians, creating a shared visual culture, articulating political battles and ideologies, embodying gender differences and giving shape to commercial culture. It is expected that a significant part of the conference will be devoted to photography (Alinari brothers, Luce Institute, humanist photography, street photography and paparazzi images, and glamour imagery) and to iconic photographs (for example, Mussolini harvesting, Aldo Moro as prisoner of the Red Brigades). However, space will also be devoted to other media including popular illustration and cartoons, advertising, party symbols and election posters, postcards, art, magazine and book covers, graffiti and cinema. The aim is to explore the genesis and meaning of images which for one reason or another have become widely known and which occupy – or have occupied – a place in the collective imaginary. These may include particular advertising campaigns, movie stills or scenes, brand images and star portraits as well as images, moments or people who for a brief moment captured national or international attention.

Religious imagery is important as are images and visual clichés inherited from the recent and remote past. Among these will be triumphs (in sport for example) and tragedies (such as disasters and certain deaths), and representations of the physical environment, including changing cities and the landscape.

The conference will aim to attract contributions on a wide range of topics with the intention of bringing the visual and symbolic dimension of different events and experiences to the fore, as well as exploring case studies, professional trajectories and the present-day visual landscape.

Please send your 200-300 word proposals and a brief biography (including present status and any institutional affiliation) specifying if you plan a paper or short presentation in English or Italian by 15 July 2013 via email to: Alessandra Antola Swan, Royal Holloway University of London, Martina Caruso, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts of London,


EAHN Third International Meeting

Turin, June 19 – 21, 2014

Deadline: Sep 30, 2013

The European Architectural History Network is organizing a third international meeting in Turin, Italy, in 2014. In accordance with the EAHN mission statement, this meeting proposes to increase the visibility of the discipline, to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field.

The call for papers is now open: abstracts are invited for the 24 thematic sessions and 3 round tables. Members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to Europe’s geographical framework, but also to its transcontinental aspects.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by September 30, 2013 through the Conference website.

The complete Call for Papers can be downloaded from the Conference website:


75 Anniversary of the End of the Spanish Civil War

Madrid, April 3 – 05, 2014

Deadline: Sep 30, 2013

The conference is intended to provide a forum for reflection on recent contributions to the study of the consequences of the Spanish Civil War. The aim of the event is to discuss new trends in Spain’s post-war history. The Conference will be divided into eleven parallel sessions on the following topics:

I. The bankruptcy of Spanish Modernity after the Civil War, 1900-1936

II. Resistance, Repression and Social Control

III. The Scientific and Cultural Exile

IV. Historiographies: The Spanish postwar in the context of global post wars

V. Workshop on the Teaching of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism

VI. Insertion, Isolation, and International condemnation

VII. Mass Media, Propaganda and Religion

VIII. Women, Sexuality and National Identity

IX. War, Popular Culture and National Reconstruction

X. Traumatic Memory, Conflict and Post-conflict

XI. Spanish postwar literature: Tolerance, Resistance and Collaboration with the ‘legitimacy discourse’

Abstracts of a maximum of 350 words must be submitted via email to Abstracts should include title, name, affiliation, and email contact. All abstracts must indicate clearly the addressed Conference topic. Abstracts and papers are accepted in English, French and Spanish. The language of the conference will be Spanish.

For further details please visit the Conference Website:


Lire Debord

24-25 May, 2013

BNF and l’Institut suédois, Paris

Suite à l’acquisition de ses archives, la BnF rend hommage à l’auteur de La Société du spectacle à travers une exposition, Guy Debord. Un art de la guerre, et un colloque dont la seconde journée se tient à l’Institut suédois. C’est en Suède, à la conférence de Göteborg en 1961, que l’Internationale situationniste, avant-garde artistique fondée à l’initiative de Guy Debord, se déplace sur un terrain plus proprement politique. C’est en Suède encore, à Drakabygget, que les dissidents de l’I.S. fondent peu après un « Bauhaus situationniste » qui prolonge les recherches artistiques des premiers moments du mouvement. C’est en Suède enfin, sur l’île de Gotland, que Guy Debord passa de nombreux étés à s’entretenir avec son ami, l’artiste danois Asger Jorn.

Ce colloque international rassemble des chercheurs de disciplines variées (histoire, philosophie, littérature, sociologie, études théâtrales ou cinématographiques, etc.) ainsi que des passeurs de la pensée situationniste, dont le Suédois Olov Hyllienmark, traducteur de La Société du spectacle en suédois. Renseignements :


Pour une poésie précaire et fugitive du quotidien: Artistes français des Trente Glorieuses

02/06/2013 – 10h30 à 12:30

Mairie de Fontainebleau – Salon d’Honneur (80 places)

Dans la France des Trente Glorieuses, des artistes s’efforcèrent de capturer, voire de monumentaliser, la poésie précaire et fugitive d’une vie quotidienne en pleine transformation, posant ainsi la double question d’une possible permanence de l’éphémère et du rôle de l’art dans la société.

Intervenants: Jill Carrick, Catherine Dossin, Rosemary O’Neill, Lily Woodruff


Die Bildhauer. Kunstakademie Duesseldorf, 1945 bis heute

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

16.04. – 09.07.2013, Jeweils Dienstag, 18.00 Uhr

Ergänzend zur Ausstellung »Die Bildhauer. Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 1945 bis heute« im K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, hat die Kunstakademie Düsseldorf eine Vortragsreihe zur Bildhauerei nach 1945 konzipiert, die zentrale Aspekte der historischen Entwicklung ebenso wie Fragen der Öffentlichkeit und Präsentation von Skulptur thematisiert. Die Bildhauerei an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf wird dabei im internationalen Rahmen der Skulptur nach 1945 diskutiert.

Der Eintritt ist frei, eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich


Oskar Hansen: Opening Modernism

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

June 6 – 07, 2013

The first international conference devoted to the oeuvre of Oskar Hansen (1922-2005), architect, artist and educator affiliated with the milieu of Team 10, which acquired seminal importance to post-war modernist architecture. Gathering outstanding researchers in art and architecture history, the conference provides a platform to investigate anew selected aspects of Hansen’s practice – position it among the work of other Central-Eastern European architects connected with Team 10; discuss designs that merge architecture and the media; and last but not least, depart from investigations into his teaching activity at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts in order to enquire if a Hansen’s tradition exists in visual arts.


Vom Wirtschaftsboom zur Wachstumsgrenze


6-7 June 2013

Am 6. bis 7. Juni 2013 veranstaltet Forum Stadt – Netzwerk historischer Städte e.V. seine Internationale Städtetagung 2013 zum Thema “Vom Wirtschaftsboom zur Wachstumsgrenze. Bauten der 1960er und 1970er Jahre in Klein- und Mittelstädten”.


Bohemianism in Central Europe

Special issue of the Slovak journal Ars edited by Kasia M

Table of Contents:

About Ars:


BnF – Art optique, cinétique, lumino-cinétique – Bibliographie

La tendance artistique polymorphe de l’art optique est née dans les années1950. Elle s’intéresse au mouvement apparent ou réel et joue sur l’ambivalence de la perception.

Art impersonnel, expérimental, interactif, à la portée de tous, né de la société technique, en dialogue avec la science, il est issu de l’Abstraction géométrique. Par le recours à des procédés optiques, il place le spectateur au centre de fortes expériences sensorielles, le rendant co-créateur de l’œuvre.

Réalisée à l’occasion des nombreuses expositions consacrées à l’art cinétique au printemps 2013 à Paris, cette bibliographie sélective recense des ouvrages disponibles en Bibliothèque d’étude.


Alain Badiou. Change, Aesthetics and Politics

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, answering students’ questions about the philosophical concept of change. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses change within the field of aesthetics, the relationship between mathematics and art, genericity in politics, affirmative dialectics and the relationship between philosophy and art in relationship to Karl Marx and Georg Cantor focusing on truth, universality, generic sets, collectivity, the public, multiplicity, subjectivity, set theory, the proletariat, negativity, revolutions, the imitation of nature, painting, capitalism, technology and death.


Centre Pompidou Virtuel – Simon Hantaï


Carla Accardi – Rebecca Ward:Women’s Genius

One step beyond, 18 maggio | 7 settembre 2013, Bibo’s Place, Todi—rebecca-ward.htm


Boris Vian

BNF in Paris


Tàpies. Lo sguardo dell’artista

1 giugno – 24 Novembre 2013, Palazzo Fortuny, Venezia–lo-sguardo-dell-artista.htm


New Museum for Giorgio de Chirico


L’esprit de l’Est londonien

M le magazine du Monde

12.10.2012 à 12h02


Trois questions à Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec

Adeptes du slow design, les deux frères, héros très discrets d’un design français, sont exposés dans le monde entier. Ils sont mis à l’honneur jusqu’en septembre par le Musée des arts décoratifs, à Paris


A Conversation with Tony Cragg

American Academy Artist Talk with Tony Cragg Sculptor and Director, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Moderated by Ulrich Krempel, Director, Sprengel Museum Hannover…