Contemporary Art's Confrontation with the Monstrous (Amsterdam, 4 Dec 2012)
Amsterdam Museum (Filmzaal), Amsterdam, December 4, 2012
Contemporary Art's Confrontation with the Monstrous
A one-day symposium at the Amsterdam Museum, Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam, Netherlands
4th December 2012, 10:00-17:00
10.10–10.20 Introduction to the Amsterdam Museum
10.20–10.30 Kathryn Brown (Tilburg University): Meeting Monsters
10.30–11.30 Session 1: Monstrous Bodies
Natalie Lettner (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna): ‘The Monstrous and the Hidden Norm of Ambiguity in Contemporary Art’.
Chelsea Nichols (Brasenose College, University of Oxford): ‘Confronting and Collecting Monstrous Bodies in the Medical Museum: Zoe Leonard’s Preserved Head of a Bearded Woman, Musée Orfila).
11.45–12.45 Session 2: Play, Recreation, and Horror
Kerstin Borchhardt (Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena): ‘Monstrous Shell, Human Core: Humanized Hybrids and the Delighted Horror’.
Esra Plumer (University of Nottingham): ‘Anagrams and Automatism: Exploring Unica Zürn’s Monsters in Graphic Notebooks’.
13.45–14.45 Session 3: Monstrosity as Political Allegory
Sabine T. Kriebel (University College, Cork): ‘The Political Grotesque: Repulsion and the Monstrous in Interwar Montage’.
Fernando Herrero Matoses (University of Illinois): ‘Antonio Saura’s Imaginary Portraits of Phillip II: The Sovereign and Allegories of the Monstrous’.
15.00–16.00 Session 4: Biology and Beyond
Rob Zwijnenberg (Leiden University): ‘Bioart and the Role of Art in Society’.
Jenny Boulboulle (Leiden University): ‘In Touch with the Other: On Bio-artists’ Hands-on Approach towards Life Sciences’ new life forms’.
16.15–17.00 Keynote: Petra Lange-Berndt (University College, London):
Monster Soup. Plasticities, Mutations, Swarmings.
Registration fee €15/€10 students (includes lunch and refreshments).
To register, please email: infoonderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl
Conference organizer: Kathryn Brown (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
This event is sponsored by the Netherlands Postgraduate Research School for Art History
CONF: Contemporary Art's Confrontation with the Monstrous (Amsterdam, 4 Dec 2012). In: H-ArtHist, Oct 17, 2012 (accessed Oct 6, 2015), <http://arthist.net/archive/4013>.