The major aim of the conference is to envisage a dialogue among specialists of different cultures and academic fields, questioning the role of lines in an intercultural perspective, from an historical as well as theoretical point of view. Deadline for papers: 15 December 2010.
Lines and lineaments are fundamental concerns in many cultures. They can be constitutive elements of pictorial and scriptural systems, as well as of a combination of both. Lines can separate or intersect, they can connect or link. Drawn, inscribed, incised or woven into a surface they create or articulate space, denote orientation or movement, they present or represent, they signify or carry out meaning, they cancel or cross out. Lines are, geometrically spoken, one-dimensional, but in scripture and drawing they are material as is the ground on or in which they appear. In this sense one can speak of techniques of "making lines" which condition the aesthetics of lineaments as much as the latter contribute to the invention and transformation of such techniques. Under these premises, the conference will discuss the differences, similarities and open borders between writing and drawing, their techniques and aesthetics, especially in European, Islamic and East Asian cultures. Given that lines play an important but not exclusive role in this relationship, papers could also discuss the limits of linear systems or explore alternative models as for example the transition between line, brush stroke, mark or spot. The major aim of the conference is to envisage a dialogue among specialists of different cultures and academic fields, questioning the role of lines in an intercultural perspective, from an historical as well as theoretical point of view.
The following list of arguments which could be addressed in the conference is far from being exhaustive, it rather wants to invite to further thoughts and critical considerations:
The conference, organized by Gerhard Wolf and Marzia Faietti, will be hosted by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut and the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi.
Scholars interested in participating in the conference are invited to send a proposal of 250 words, their CV and a list of publications to the following address by 15 December 2010: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference languages will be: Italian, German, English and French.
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf
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