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Image as Vortex

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (All day)
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
Headley Lecture Theatre


An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Question of what an Image is by examining what it does.

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RSVP: Free admission but registration is mandatory.

* This conference is co-funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), the Common Room of Linacre College, Oxford, the History of Art department of the University of Oxford and the department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.




It is a radiant node or cluster; it is what I can, and must perforce, call a VORTEX,

from which, and through which, and into which, ideas are constantly rushing.

- Ezra Pound, Vorticism, 1914.



09:00-09:30 Poster display preparation (for poster candidates only)

09:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:15 Opening remarks by organising team

10:15-10:45 Keynote speech (to be announced)


§ Panel 1: Image in/as Art, or Art as Image

10:45-11:00 ‘Images have an almost Nomadic existence’. On three Motivs of Migration in W.G. Sebalds Austerlitz, PD. Dr. Angela Breidbach (Art historian, HfbK Hamburg)

11:00-11:15 Imaginary Property, Prof. Dr. Florian Schneider (Filmmaker and writer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

11:15-11:30 The Metric Basis of Form: Reconceiving Formalist Theories through Perception Analysis, Eugene Han (Ph.D. candidate in Art history, Yale University)


11:30-11:45 Panel Discussion (moderated by Prof. Dr. John Hyman, Aesthetics, Oxford University) and Dr. Jennifer Johnson (History of Art and English Literature, OxfordUniversity)


§ Panel 2: Mental Image and Time Image, or Image in Flux

11:45-12:00 Imagery from Ancient to Modern, and Back, Dr. Matthew MacKisack (Artist and Neuroscientist, Exeter University)

12:00-12:15 The Body as Time Image, Je Yun Moon (Ph.D. candidate and Curator, Goldsmiths College)

12:15-12:30 Drawing out (of) the Image, Dr. Lynn Imperatore (Artist and Art theorist, Independent scholar)


12:30-12:45 Panel Discussion (moderated by Prof. Dr. Christopher Morton, Visual and Material Anthropolo­gy, Oxford University)


12:45-13:45 Lunch


13:45-14:00 Poster presentations by Edward Bacal, Jane Birkin, Fabiola Gilardoni, Paul Grace, Jesus Jimenez, Jessika LeoPauldin Khazrik, Ann Kristin Krahn, Beata Labuhn, Lucy Siyao Liu, Giacomo Mercuriali, Anna Merlini, Maggie Mustard, Elena Peytchinska, Corneliu Radu Sarion, Tarquin Sinan. (Please find more biographical information on our website.)


14:00-14:30 Keynote speech: “From an Image to a Binary Black Hole: the History of the First Detected Gravi­tational Wave” by Dr. Marco Drago


§ Panel 3: Image in Use, or Non-cortical Image

14:30-14:45 Science or Art? How Numbers and Observations Become Figures, MdL Sousa Fialho (D.Phil. candi­date in Cardiovascular Science, Oxford University)

14:45-15:00 Machine Vision: an Artistic Research into Imaging Technologies, Dr. Elke E. Reinhuber (Artist, Nanyang Technological University)

15:00-15:15 Iconic Evidence and the Absence of the Image as an Epistemic Catalyst. A Montage from Aby Warburg’s Bilderreihen, Dr. des. Charlotte Langhorst (Research fellow, University of Lagos)


15:15-15:30 Panel Discussion (moderated by Prof. Dr. Damian Tyler, Biomedical Science, Oxford University and Prof. Dr. Anthony Gardner, Contemporary Art History and Theory, Oxford University)


15:30-15:45 Closing remarks by organising team


* This conference is co-funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Linacre College Common Room, the Department of History of Art, and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics.


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