10 Mar 2007 All day CRASSH


 We The Moderns- A Symposium


Saturday 10 March 2007
Seminar Room, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

The exhibition 'WE the moderns' currently at Kettle's Yard places the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) within his European context, including the work of Brancusi, Modigliani, Epstein, Picasso, Archipenko, Laurens and Duchamp-Villon to name just a few. The exhibition illustrates the rich and diverse range of influences that were feeding into the practice of Gaudier and his contemporaries. These artists were looking beyond appearances and attempting to give visible form to the invisible.

Kettle's Yard and CRASSH are hosting an interdisciplinary symposium to explore the investigations and revelations of those years before World War I.

Topics to be discussed at the Symposium include:

Einstein and Poincaré's work on relativity and how this relates to Picasso

Freud's enquiries into the unconscious

Henri Bergson's observations on change as the expression of time

The impact of non-European cultures

Developments in film, music and literature

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Tim Armstrong (Professor of Modern English and American Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London)

Lutz Becker (film-maker and exhibition curator)

Dr Julia Borossa (Programme Leader MA Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University)

Richard Langham Smith (Arnold Kettle Distinguished Scholar in Music, The Open University)

Professor John Mack (School of World Art Studies and Museology, UEA)

Arthur I Miller (Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London)

Dr Drew Milne (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)

Lunch and refreshments included.

The seminar is from 10.30am – 4.30pm with registration from 10.00am. The fees are £30 or £20 (full-time student concession). Please telephone 01223 352124 to book a place.

Kettle's Yard gallery will be open from 5.00-6.30pm after the symposium for another look at the exhibition




Tel: +44 1223 766886
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