The Savannah College of Art and Design invites participation in the Fifth Biennial Art History Symposium, Palimpsest: The Layered Object.
Feb. 28-March1, 2014.
The media, techniques and materials of art-making are comprised of layers of knowledge. These tools contain evidence of the physical and intellectual act of creation. The art object changes with the build up of successive layers or with the erosion of material over time. Both tangible and virtual paint covers canvas; earth subsumes artifacts; weather and environmental effects leave traces; and new layers of thought replace older conventions.
Palimpsest: The Layered Object will explore the connection between aesthetic inscriptions, erasures and related historical conditions of media, whether drawing, film, incunabula, painting, print, sculpture, textiles, architecture or urban space.
This symposium considers the "layered object," or "palimpsest," as a model for artistic production. We seek to mine history, excavate knowledge and find meaning in the residue between layers of creation.
In the late 20th century, philosophy enabled the investigation of the effects of media and technology on the human condition. Today, where do we stand within our rapidly accelerating post-media society? Technologies and their application in art history provide us with tools to generate a profound understanding of the monumental and the ephemeral, the real and the imagined, the single object and the archive.
The SCAD art history department welcomes interdisciplinary contributions that merge art history with other fields. The symposium will feature topics that explore the beginning of inscription as well as the remains of its erasure. Palimpsest: The Layered Object is unbounded temporally, geographically and culturally.
Potential topics may include:
- Interstices between signs within media
- Philosophical traces underpinning conceptual, analytical or methodological strategies
- Encapsulated knowledge in different forms of narration
- Fluidity of processes underlying media
- Cultural mappings and archival strategies
- Pentimenti and layered surfaces in painting
- Indexicality and "the trace" in photography
- The layered city landscape, including sites impacted by urban design
- The media of the scientific examination and art
Submit an abstract (300 words maximum) and résumé, including complete contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for abstract submission: Wednesday, May 15
Notification of acceptance: Sunday, Sept. 1, by email
Symposium language is English.