[ARENA] Call for Papers - The 'Mediatization' of the Artist
Jorge Pereira - G.Mail
Quinta-Feira, 24 de Outubro de 2013 - 15:26:38 WEST
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
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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