Friday 4 November 2011

CIDRA Masterclass

CIDRA (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts) is holding its next postgraduate masterclass on Thursday 17th November 10-11.30am (University Place 3.211):
Professor Martin Kemp with John Pickstone (CHSTM) and Anthony Gerbino (AHVS)

Martin Kemp FBA is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He was trained in Natural Sciences and Art History at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute, London. For more than 25 years he held posts at universities in Scotland, America and Canada. He has written, broadcast and curated exhibitions on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day and has written a column in Nature for almost 15 years. Increasingly, he has focused on issues of visualisation, modelling and representation. His latest book Christ to Coke - How image becomes icon is published by Oxford University Press - September 2011.

Preparatory readings will be from Martin Kemp's 'Visualisations' and from Philip Ball's 'The Self-Made Tapestry' (to be available on CIDRA website).
All postgraduates and post-doctoral fellows are invited to attend.  No registration is required.

This masterclass accompanies the CIDRA public lecture taking place on Wednesday 16 November 4pm (with AHVS) in the John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Building:
Professor Martin Kemp, 'Splashing Around: Structures and Intuitions in Art, Science and Technology from Leonardo to Modern Engineering'.
Followed by a wine reception.  All welcome, no booking required.

Lecture Synopsis: Certain kinds of art and science originate in the intuiting of deep structures that lie behind appearance. Some of the structures are predominantly static, relying upon the fundamental forms of geometry; some are the result of process, like folding; others disclose the process itself, like splashing. Many of the structures result from processes of self-orgnaisation that are shared across organic and inorganic worlds. These themes run across art, architecture, design and various sciences from the Renaissance to today. The case studies will range from Leonardo to contemporary art and architecture.

See CIDRA website for further information:

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