[URBANTH-L] ANN: Art and the City: A Conference on Postwar Interactions with the Urban Realm

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Tue Mar 7 22:41:18 EST 2006

From: Rachel Esner <R.Esner at uva.nl>

Art and the City: A Conference on Postwar Interactions with the Urban Realm

11-12 May 2006
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Het Trippenhuis
Kloveniersburgwal 29
1011 JV Amsterdam

Since 1945, the world's metropolises have undergone both growth and decline.
These developments have brought not only economic and social change, but
also cultural transformations that have found their reflection in all
artistic media. The physical and mental city has proven a fertile breeding
ground for the visual arts, film, graphic design, and the written word.
Furthermore, while cities continue to generate and project a unique
identity, they have also become globalized commodities in themselves. The
products of these interactions and their precise mechanisms are the subjects
of this conference. How have artists, filmmakers, designers and writers
dealt with the singularity, complexity and diversity of their surroundings?
In what ways does the metropolis contribute to their work? How have they
absorbed and transformed their various environments? And how do these works
alter the city and our perception of it? What role does contemporary "city
branding" play and how does a city "remember"? Art and the City: A
Conference on Postwar Interactions with the Urban Realm will bring together
around 40 international scholars for a two-day symposium on this important
topic, among them Malcolm Miles (UK), M. Christine Boyer (US), and Thomas
A.P. van Leeuwen (NL).


Universiteit van Amsterdam
Institute of Culture and History, UvA
Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), UvA
Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte/Rietveld Academie

A conference website will be launched at the end of March:

Conference Program:

Art and the City: A Conference on Postwar Interactions with the Urban Realm

Please note that this program is subject to change

Thursday, 11 May

9.30-9.40Welcome by organizing committee
9.40-10.30Keynote lecture: Malcolm Miles, University of Plymouth Recreating
a Public Sphere?
Tea/coffee break

Session 1: City Branding (Moderator: To be announced)

10.45-11.10     Roemer van Toorn, Berlage Instituut, Amsterdam Towards a
practice of dissensus. Aesthetics as form of politics

11.10-11.35     Venda Louise Pollock, University of Glasgow Cultivating the
Past for a Changing Present: Public Art in Urban Regeneration

12.00-12.25 Michael Wintle, Universiteit van Amsterdam Brussels: Visualizing
the EU

12.25-12.50 Ward Rennen, Universiteit van Amsterdam Programming the City:
The European Capitals of Culture

12.50-13.00 Discussion

Session 2: New York into Art (Moderator: Rachel Esner, Universiteit van

10.45-11.10     Robert S. Mattison, Lafayette College Robert Rauschenberg:
Urban Diversity and Crisis in New York during the 1950s

11.10-11.35     Joshua A. Shannon, University of Maryland Donald Judd and
the Postmodernization of New York

12.00-12.25 Royce W. Smith, Wichita State University "What Attracts You to
Dark Things?": Imagining Urban Queerscapes in the Art of David Wojnarowicz

12.25-12.50 Susanne Stemmler, Center for Metropolitan Studies-Berlin City,
Music, Text: Jean-Michel Basquiat's New York in the 1980s

12.50-13.00 Discussion

Session 3: Citygraphy (Moderator: Margriet Schavemaker, Universiteit van

14.15-14.40 Andri Gerber, ETH Zürich The City as Poetical Text: Isidore Isou
and Lettrism

14.40-15.05 Caroline Igra, University of Haifa The Individual Revealed:
Narrative vs. Descriptive Cityscape in the Twentieth Century

15.30-15.55 Sabine van Wesemael, Universiteit van Amsterdam The Physical
City and its Mental Spaces Since 9/11

15.55-16.20 Ari Ofengenden, University of Tübingen The Grammar of the City:
Religion and Urban Experience

16.20-16.30 Discussion

Session 4: Cinematic Cities (Moderator: Wanda Strauven, Universiteit van

14.15-14.40 Mark Shiel, King's College-London "Celtic Tiger": Dublin and its

14.40-15.05 Anna M. Dempsey, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Cinematic Los Angeles: Architectural Landscapes and Dreamscapes of Dystopia

15.30-15.55 Caroline Philipp, Humboldt University Horizontality/Real-Time
vs. Simultaneity of Time and Space: Gordon Matta-Clark's Filmic Interactions
with the City

15.55-16.20 Floris Paalman, Universiteit van Amsterdam Cinematic
Proliferation of a City: Rotterdam in the 1960s and 1970s

16.20-16.30 Discussion


Club 11, Stedelijk Museum. Program to be announced

Friday, 12 May

9.15- 9.45 Keynote lecture: M. Christine Boyer, Princeton University New
Orleans: La Ville fatale

9.45- 10.15 Keynote lecture: Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen, Amsterdam Artistic

10.15-10.30 Discussion

Session 5: (The) Street (and) Art (Moderator: Jeroen Boomgaard, Universiteit
van Amsterdam/Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte, Gerrit Rietveld Academie)

10.45-11.10     Shelley Hornstein, York University-Toronto Curating Place
for Museums-Without-Borders

11.10-11.35     Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University Art During War: The
Street, The City, and the Nation in "La France Déchirée"

12.00-12.25 Hanna Harris, University of Helsinki Moving Between Streets and
Screens: Urban Spaces and the Italian Telestreet

12.25-12.50 Lara Schrijver, Delft From New Babylon to an Aesthetic

12.50-13.00 Discussion

Session 6: City Graphics (Moderator: Esther Cleven, Universiteit van

10.45-11.10     Miguel Antunes, New School University- New York Visual
Disobedience in New York City

11.10-11.35     Christoph Ribbat, University of Basel Glowing Cities: The
Cultural History of Neon

12.00-12.25 Daniel van der Velden, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht Logo
Parc: Economy, Symbol and
Architecture on the Amsterdam Zuidas

12.25-12.50 To be announced

12.50-13.00 Discussion

Session 7: Urban Memory (Moderator: Leen Engelen, Universiteit van

14.15-14.40 Lanfranco Aceti, Univeristy College London Imaged Cities: War
Times and Spaces of Peace

14.40-15.05 Danielle Leenaerts, Université Libre de Bruxelles The
Photographic Missions and the Construction of City Identity: The Case of

15.30-15.55 Carolyn Loeb, Central Michigan University The City as Subject:
Contemporary Public Sculpture in Berlin

15.55-16.20 Richard D. Lloyd, Vanderbilt University Sitting on the Barstools
of Giants:
Place Aura and the Contemporary Production of Culture

16.20-16.30 Discussion

16.30-17.15 Closing discussion (with all keynotes and chairs)

Dr. Rachel Esner
Assistant Professor - Art of the Modern Period
Art History Institute
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Herengracht 286
1016 BX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (20) 525 3101
r.esner at uva.nl

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