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Two Seminars at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

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Two Seminars at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

Time: May 8, 2013 at 6pm to May 9, 2013 at 7:30pm
Location: Birkbeck, School of Art, Bloomsbury
Street: 43 Gordon Square
City/Town: London, WC1H 0PD
Website or Map: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/res…
Phone: 020 76316125
Event Type: two, seminars
Organized By: Patrizia Di Bello
Latest Activity: May 3, 2013

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Two Seminars at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre
Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD - All events free and open to all

Wednesday 8 May 2013
6:00-7:30 Keynes Library
Work in Progress Seminar
Contemplating Photographs in Rauschenberg’s Work
Professor Graham Smith (University of St Andrews)
This seminar reflects upon Brian O’Doherty’s view, articulated in 1973, that Robert Rauschenberg’s works of the 1950s and 1960s generated in the viewer a style of perception that was rapid, urban and distracted. ‘Unrewarding to full contemplative regard’, as O’Doherty put it, ‘they are best apprehended by the casual glance’. In particular, the seminar contests O’Doherty’s belief in the ‘nonspecificity’ of the photographic images that Rauschenberg appropriated and incorporated into his works and, by focusing on a small number of select works, proposes instead that giving attention to the specific character of those images can illuminate Rauschenberg’s working process while also revealing their seamless assimilation into his works.

Thursday 9 May 2013
6:00-7:30 Keynes Library
Seminar
The Making of a Cloud Observer: Swedish Meteorologist Hugo Hildebrandsson's Photography and the 19th Century Cloud Atlas
Magnus Bremmer, Stockholm University
In this paper, Bremmer explores how photography came to play a key role in the project of educating an international network of cloud observers in the nineteenth century. First considered an aid to the observation and classification of clouds, the photographic image turned into an object of observation, scrutinised under the meteorologists’ trained eye.

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