Tagung: Un/masking. On a mimetic form.

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Wann

04.07.2019 um 16:00 bis
06.07.2019 um 14:00

Art

Internationale Tagung

Wo

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, München, Vortragssaal 242, II. OG / LMU München

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Masks are an integral part of human culture. They have been a vital element of theatrical practices since antiquity and have always played a crucial role in ritual as well as artistic and literary activities throughout the world. Their innate tension springs from their capacity to both show and conceal as well as to imitate and create, thus displaying a structural analogy to the workings of mimesis. Masks have the ability to generate an oscillation between truth and illusion, an interplay between identity, difference and appropriation. In recent years, various artists, performers and political activists have been attracted to the object of the mask and have updated the powerful act of un/masking for our times.

 

Un/Masking. On a mimetic form.

This international and interdisciplinary conference brings together papers from various fields within the humanities. It seeks to connect diverging theories and methods in order to open new perspectives on numerous manifestations of the mask, ranging from Baroque theater and turn-of-the century cabaret to modern facial recognition, from shamanistic practices to 18th century aesthetics and digital art. In addition to addressing questions of identity in postcolonial societies and the usage of masks in political movements, the conference will also highlight figures of the mask in fashion, music, literature and 20th century avantgardes. Discussing acts of un/masking in a diverse range of artistic media and a broad spectrum of contexts, this conference encourages theoretical reflection on its ambiguity and mimetic practices.

 

Programm
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**Change of Program: Laurette Burgholzer has had to cancel her participation. Instead of her talk on Friday, 5th July at 4:15 pm we will have Marc Adamczack’s guided tour of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, which was originally scheduled to take place during  lunch break**

 

Thursday, July 4 (LMU, Luisenstraße 37, Room C106)

4:00pm

Registration

4:30pm

Tobias Döring (IDP Mimesis): Welcoming Address

4:45pm

Anna Baccanti, Johanna Spangenberg (IDP Mimesis): “Un/masking: On a Mimetic Form”

 

PANEL 1 - REVEALING MASKS
Chair // Joana Mylek

5:15pm

Agnes Hoffmann (University of Basel): “Schminck und Schein: The Art and Power of Unmasking in German Baroque Drama”

6:00pm

Christiane Lewe (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar): “Surface and Depth: The Revival of Physiognomy in Deep Learning”

6:45pm

Break

7:00pm
Keynote Address

Bernhard Siegert (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar): “Switching Perspectives: The Operative Ontology of the Transformation Masks of the American Northwest Coast”
Chair // Sebastian Althoff

 

Friday, July 5 2019 (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Room 242)

9:00am

Ulrich Pfisterer (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich): Welcoming Address

9:15am
Keynote Address

Joyce Cheng (University of Oregon): “The Surrealists on Style: Toward a Theory of Expression as Masquerade”
Chair: Antonia Stichnoth

10:30am

Coffee Break

 

PANEL 2 - UN/MASKING POLITICS
Chair // Simon Gröger

11:00am

Tim Beasley-Murray (University College London): “Against Politics as Self-Disclosure and Inclusion: The Anti-Politics of Masking”

11:45am

Sarah Hegenbart (TU Munich): “Redressing History in South Africa: Sethembile Msezane and Mary Sibande and their Masking of the Black Body”

12:30pm

Vita Peacock (University of Cambridge): “Masks and Initiatory Transformation in Anonymous”

1:15pm

Lunch Break
** Change of Program: The Guided Tour of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte by Marc Adamczack (IDP Mimesis) has been postponed to 4:15 pm.**

 

PANEL 3 - UN/HUMAN
Chair // Babylonia Constantinides

2:45pm

Carolin Bohn (TU Braunschweig): “Somewhere between Realities: Structures of Un/masking in German 18th-century Aesthetics”

3:30pm

Bethan Hughes (University of Leeds): “Corpsing: CGI as Grotesque Realism in the Work of Ed Atkins”

4:15pm

Laurette Burgholzer (University of Bern): “Neutral Masks, Significant Bodies: Heritage, Exoticism and Depersonalization in Actors’ Training in France in the Early 20th Century”

** Change of Program: We regret to inform you, that this paper had been
canceled. Instead, we will have the Guided Tour of Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte by Marc Adamczack (IDP MIMESIS). Meeting Point: Atrium by the Entrance.**

5:00pm

Coffee Break

5:30pm
Keynote Address

W. Anthony Sheppard (Williams College, MA): “Morality and Meaning in Vocal Masking”
Chair // Johanna Spangenberg

 

Saturday, July 6 (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Room 242)

 

PANEL 4 - MASKING THE (IM)MATERIAL: EMBODIMENT AND ABSTRACTION
Chair // Bettina Vitzthum

9:00am

Elisa Leroy (IDP Mimesis): “‘Such a questionable shape’: Un/masking the Ghost as Actor and Author in Hamlet”

9:45am

Eleonore Zapf (University of Innsbruck): “Thoughts Becoming Persons: Fernando Pessoa’s Poetic Carnival”

10:30am

Judith Kemp (Deutsches Museum Munich): “‘Wüstes Farbengetändel’: Peter Altenberg’s ‘Masken’ in ‘Cabaret Fledermaus’”

11:15am

Coffee and Snacks
Anja Wächter (IDP Mimesis): Guided Tour of the Photographs of Stefan Moses: “Creative Incognito – Stefan Moses’ Artists Behind Masks”

12:15pm
Keynote Address

Barbara Vinken (LMU Munich): “Un ballo in maschera”
Chair // Anna Baccanti

** Change of Program: We regret to inform you, that the lecture from Prof. Vinken had been canceled **

1:30pm

Sebastian Althoff, Antonia Stichnoth (IDP Mimesis): “Concluding Remarks”

 

 

Conference Organization:

Sebastian Althoff
Anna Baccanti

Johanna Spangenberg
Antonia Stichnoth

 

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