The international colloquium "Investigations: 'The Expanded Field of Writing' in the works of Robert Morris" , will take place at the Ecole normale supérieure Lettres et Sciences humaines and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, on November 20, 21 and 22, 2008. The aim of the colloquium is to bring together a range of panelists providing varied interpretations of the role of writing in the works of the American artist Robert Morris. The colloquium is open to scholars, artists, writers, and interdisciplinary research is encouraged.
As the title of the colloquium indicates, we wish to investigate writing in the expanded field. Robert Morris’ use of text ranges from writing to visual art. In view of the multiplicity of his approaches, this colloquium is open to a number of possible research angles, literary, historical or theoretical. As guidelines, we propose the following three perspectives :
Robert Morris’ written work:
Except for his early theoretical texts, the body of writing that Morris has produced since the ‘60s has only begun to be investigated. Within this body of work, the following themes might be considered:
_ Morris’ theoretical and critical reflection on art since the 1960s.
_ The inventions or fictions used as thinly veiled attacks on Morris’ contemporaries, or as the deployment of entropic fantasies.
_ Autobiography, increasingly important since the end of the 1980s.
_ Morris as writer.
The dialogue between the written and the visual work:
_ Texts produced along with visual work, as is the case, for example, with "Tar Babies of the New World Order" (1997).
_ Texts that might be read in light of a collection of works, such as, for example, Telegram: the Rationed Years, from R. Morris KC MO Nineteen forties to R. Morris NY NY Nineteen Ninety-Eight (1998).
The place of writing in the visual work:
_ Writing as visual element and esthetic vocabulary.
_ The relation between text and image.
_ Text as image.
Please send your proposal to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or submit an Online Reply Form which you will find on the following page of the website: http://robert-morris.ens-lsh.fr/spip.php?article53&lang=en
Presentations should be no longer than thirty minutes (i.e. corresponding to no more than approximately 12 double-spaced pages of 12 point type). Please send a 300 word abstract suitable for reproduction, plus a brief biographical sketch (one-half page maximum), in English or French.
We encourage online responses, but submissions may also be sent by Email to this adress. If submitting proposals by Email, please provide all the required information requested on the Reply Form, including the abstract and biographical information, in the body of the message.
Closing Date for paper proposals: June 15, 2008.
Proposals will be examined by the Program Committee during the end of June.
Centre d'études poétiques
15, Parvis René Descartes
69007 - Lyon
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