alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

CenSAMM Symposia Series 2018 – Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on July 2, 2018

Alfredo Cramerotti and Michael Takeo Magurder for Apocalypse in ART: The Creative Unveiling

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The word ‘apocalypse’ originally indicated an ‘unveiling’, and the speaker in the Book of Revelation is a ‘seer’. This is perhaps one of the reasons that this ancient text (and others like it) have generated such a ferment of creative responses in the visual arts – as well as those other non-visual strands of the arts which have their own way of engaging our mind’s eye.

The rich variety of types of artistic unveiling (visual, musical, dramatic, literary) makes an engagement with the creative arts a deeply valuable way of understanding and appreciating the idea of apocalypse, alongside more traditionally academic modes of enquiry.

This conference seeks to explore our relationship to art, its practice, its study and what the arts unveil to us. As artists or as audiences of art we can be profoundly transformed by our encounters with artistic creativity; indeed, we can find ourselves using the language of revelation to describe such encounters, regardless of our individual faith, religion or beliefs. Mark Rothko is quoted as saying, “the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.”

 

 

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Thursday June 28th

9.00 – 9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome

9.40 – 10.40 Keynote Speaker:  Christopher Rowland, Dean Ireland’s Emeritus Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford: John Saw these things Reveald in Heaven On Patmos Isle’: the Book of Revelation anticipates Blake’s Apocalypse.

11.00 – 11.30 Kip Gresham, Master Printmaker at The Print Studio, Cambridge: In the shadow of Durer.

11.30 – 12.00 Elena Unger, Department of Art and Critical Studies at Goldsmiths University of London: Desert Time: The Silence at the Heart of Apocalypse

1.00 – 2.00 Keynote Speaker: Michelle Fletcher, Research Associate on The Visual Commentary on Scripture at King’s College London where she is also a Research Fellow. Author of Reading Revelation as Pastiche: Imitating the Past (London: Bloomsbury, 2017): Visualising the Apocalypse as a Thing of the Past

2.30 – 3.00 Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar, Partnership Development, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

3.00 – 3.45 Round table discussion with artist, Michael Takeo Magruder and Alfredo Cramerotti (Director of MOSTYN Wales and curator of “De/ coding the Apocalypse”)

3.45 – 5.00 Tour of “De/coding the Apocalypse” by Michael Takeo Magruder and tour of the Panacea Museum.

Friday June 29

9.00 – 9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome

9.40 – 10.40 Keynote Speaker: Eleanor Heartney, author and journalist, contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, New York: Revelation as Inspiration: The American Apocalypse

11.00 – 11.30 Rebekah Dyer, PHD candidate, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews: Reserved for Fire: Creative fire performances at David Best’s Temple and Shetland’s Up-Helly-Aa festival

11.30 – 12.00 Lilla Moore, Lecturer at BA programme in Mysticism and Spirituality, Zefat Academic College and Cybernetic Futures Institute (UK): Technoetic Aesthetics of Revelation and Transcendence – The Horse in the Mind

1.00 – 2.00 Keynote Speaker: Natasha O’Hear Lecturer in Theology & Visual Art at ITIA, University of St Andrews. With Anthony O’Hear, author of Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts Over Two Millennia (Oxford University Press, 2015): Visualising the Biblical Vision

2.30 – 3.00 Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions: Filming the Age of Kingdom: The End Times and the Movies of The Church of Almighty God

3.00 – 3.30 Matthew Askey, artist, curator, and Anglican priest. Currently serving as school chaplain at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire’s cathedral: The Cross and the Zombie Apocalypse: Two Images for our Time

3.30 Closing comments.

Alfredo Cramerotti: Modes of Curating / Curating as Research @ Valletta 2018 International Curatorial School, Malta

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Thoughts.Coaching, Tools.Coaching by alcramer on August 27, 2017

Valletta Campus of the University of Malta

28 August – 1 September 2017

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Conceiving and understanding “research” as a form of curating – namely, organizing
connections and defining touchstones in contemporary visual culture by means of my
work as a writer, speaker and project organizer – the 5-day curatorial course will focus on developing a discourse, or a statement through works of art, which of course can also overwhelm or enhance the project’s rationale.

As curator, I act as meta-artist; the work undertaken is less about the “what” and
more about the “how”.

PART ONE
Keynote speech: Beyond and Besides Me: The Curator as Meta-Artist.

Presentation of three curatorial drafts recently delivered: Michael Takeo Magruder’s “De-Coding the Apocalypse” at the King’s College Cultural Institute London (2014/15); Marinella Senatore’s “The School of Narrative Dance” at MOSTYN (2016); and Shezad Dawood’s “Leviathan” at Palazzina Canonica Venice (2017). An insight into the themes and approaches to these exhibitions, the conversations with the artists, the “research outcomes” in relation to space, mediation and diffusion as a form of research.

PART TWO
Research Module 1: The Social, Humanitarian, Historical, Scientific as Art.

What does beauty has to do with, for instance, migration, climate change, social cohesion, mental or physical conditions? What is our understanding of aesthetics
in relation to ethics? How do we tackle themes that lend themselves awkwardly to a
presentation in the (critical) visual realm?

PART THREE
Research Module 2: The act of thinking, planning, resourcing,
delivering, closing and finalising your next exhibition or curatorial project.

Speculations. Three type of curating (from Cook / Graham):

Project making as exchange / trade show: the modular model, based on one incarnation of a multilevel event structure / platform with the possibility to scale up / down elements of the project without affecting its overall coherence (curator as filter / stylistic editor)

Project making as broadcast: the distributed model, based on “exhibitions” where different curators create their own infrastructure / agency or occupy existing platforms to circulate art and the process of curating itself (curator as node / translator).

Project making as software program / data flow: the iterative model, based on change from one venue to another (or one exhibition to another) each time – growing around a selection of key works (curator as maker / producer / managing editor)

PART FOUR
The Pitch (one day): Poster(ing)

An “exhibition of ideas” where curators can get an inkling of what has been taking place in other workshops. A collective poster session during which participants present a diagrammatic idea of their individual concept / project to each other, and particularly to participants and curators in other groups, informed by both feedback and speculations of the days before.

The Valletta 2018 International Curatorial School, Malta is organized by Raphael Vella with the participation of Alfredo Cramerotti, Sebastian Cichocki, Mick Wilson, Bassam El Baroni, Fulya Erdemci, and Maren Richter.

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