[ARENA] Call for Papers - The 'Mediatization' of the Artist

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Conference in Amsterdam and The Hague, June 19-20, 2014. Deadline for  
contributions is December 13, 2013.

The international conference The Mediatization of the Artist aims to  
examine the various aspects of the visual-media presence of the artist  
from the nineteenth century to today. With the rise of notions of  
artistic autonomy and the simultaneous demise of old systems of  
patronage, artists increasingly found themselves confronted with the  
necessity of developing a public image. At the same time, new  
audiences for art discovered their fascination for the life and work  
of the artist. The rise of new media such as the illustrated press,  
photography and film meant that the needs of both parties could easily  
be satisfied in both words and images. This led to a transformation of  
the artist from a mere producer of works of art into a widely  
recognized celebrity.

The conference will revolve around four themes:
(1) The Artist in the (Illustrated) Press. One of the first  
manifestations of the artist in the media was in the nineteenth- 
century illustrated press. Since this time, visits to the artist's  
studio, but also biographical portrayals and obituaries, have remained  
a popular genre in newspapers and publications from L'Illustration to  
Life and beyond, and have made a fundamental contribution to the cult  
of the artist.
(2) The Artist on Film. Almost immediately following the invention of  
photography, and later cinema, visual artists became subject to the  
camera's gaze. From series of photographs of famous contemporaries to  
profiles and/or the documentation of artistic process, film and  
photography have developed into standard, but also mythologizing,  
media for the public's understanding of the artist and the visual arts.
(3) Artists' Self-Mediatization. Once a royal protégé, from the  
nineteenth century onwards, artists were forced to exhibit and sell  
their works in a highly competitive market. This necessitated the  
development of media strategies. From Gustave Courbet's Pavillon du  
Réalisme to Ai Wei Wei's blog, taking control of the public's  
perception of one's art and personality has remained a staple of  
artists' practice to this day.
(4) The Artist in Popular Media. Another aspect of the transformation  
of the artist from an elite producer into a figure of popular culture  
revolves around new forms of mediatization such as caricatures and  
comics, but also - and perhaps more importantly - of the non-fictional  
artist as a character in docudramas, biopics, and tv-series. Here, the  
tragic or dramatic aspects of life and creation are the main focus,  
reinforcing the notion that the artist's very nature is eccentric,  
combining (once again) madness and genius.

We invite contributions that critically examine these forms of  
mediatization, their pros and cons, as well as their historical  
dimensions. We encourage an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and   
trans-national approach, and welcome papers that are either  
theoretical or more case-study based.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words (for a 20-minute  
paper) and a CV to: Sandra Kisters (a.c.kisters  uu.nl) and Rachel  
Esner (r.esner  uva.nl) no later than 13 December 2013.
Speakers will be notified by the end of January 2014.
A publication inspired by this conference is foreseen; therefore  
please indicate in your abstract whether you would be interested in  
further developing your paper for a book of collected essays after the  

Please see H-ArtHist for further information.
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