Zeynep Kubat holds the position of job student at LGC. She finished her MA in Art History at KU Leuven. Her thesis research investigates the iconology of the body in the work of Ed Atkins. Zeynep's responsibilities include practical and research assistance for LGC's project on Allan Sekula's "Ship of Fools/The Dockers' Museum" and organisational assistance, such as the management of the LGC website and Facebook page.
New Position for Nicola Setari at LUCA School of Arts
LGC is very happy to announce the new position of our colleague Nicola Setari at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. He will be the new Head of Research for the Intermedia Research Unit. This research unit focuses on the interdisciplinary character of contemporary art practices and questions the interrelation between different media. The research groups of this unit focus on three subjects: mediated environments, narrative arts and expanded photography.
Masques, drones, surveillance:
de la disparition du visage et du corps dans l'art contemporain et la culture visuelle
On Friday 25 November, Jana Haeckel will defend her PhD on the comparative analysis of the representation of the face and the body in contemporary art and visual culture. Hereby, she will consider the changing politics of the image and the body since 9/11.
Romanticism and the Peripheries
An International and Interdisciplinary Conference
'Conceptual, Surrealist, Pictorial' is the first in-depth study of the use of photography by Belgian artists from the 1960s until the early 1990s. During these three decades, photography generally underwent a major evolution with regard to its status as a gallery-focused fine art practice.
Federica Mantoan holds a BA and an MA in Chinese Studies with a specialisation in Chinese Art and Material Culture and an MA in Design Cultures. At the LGC Federica works as a Coördinator in the framework of the research project "Art Against the Grain of 'Collective Sisyphus'. The Case of Allan Sekula's Ship of Fools/The Dockers' Museum".
Münster, the new film by Martin Le Chevallier (°1968, France), narrates the story of an Anabaptist community that has written history in the North-German city of Münster. They combined a revolutionary faith with a communist way of life avant la lettre. Alas, the dream would not last long… Martin Le Chevallier will explain his new work, which has its world premiere in Leuven. He will be joined in his lecture by Gert Gielis (postdoctoral researcher, FWO-Flanders), who will shed more light on the historical context of the Anabaptist movement.
The artist Adrien Tirtiaux created his work Boven de Muur especially for the art itinerary of Tracing the Future. His art installation arises many interesting questions. To what extent are we willing to render private property open to the public? To what extent would we divide private property into common goods? Could we reach an ideal community by abandoning our individualistic way of dwelling, as described in More’s Utopia, or would this engender a reversed effect? Adrien Tirtiaux, Wouter Hillaert and Thomas Decreus will engage in a discussion with this subject matter.
Studies in Iconology is a peer-reviewed series, published by Peeters Publishers and directed by prof. dr. Barbara Baert, member of our scientific board. Studies in Iconology accepts original and interdisciplinary contributions in the broader field of art theory and art history. The series addresses an audience that seeks to understand any aspect and any deeper meaning of the visual medium along the history of mankind in the fields of philosophy, art history, theology and cultural anthropology.
In mines and ports across the world, human labor sustains our industrial and globalized economies. Allan Sekula imagined and set out to realize an artwork, The Docker's Museum, which makes the struggles of miners, dockworkers, and seafarers visible through networks of metonymic objects that embody these workers' imaginaries. The collaborative notes gathered in this publication accompany the presentation of the "Mining Section (Bureau des mines)" of The Docker's Museum at the Anatomical Theater in Leuven in the Fall of 2016.