This symposium will consider fortune, gambling, luck, and risk as central components of artistic production, focusing on the aesthetics and actions that arise from unpredictable circumstances. Papers may also address these concepts of chance as the subject matter of works of art. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: artists who enter competitions, play the art market, place bets, or put their reputations at risk; representations of arbitrary forces, such as the personification of Fortune; fortune-telling, predictions, and prophecies in art; the role of accident and spontaneity in the creative process; unexpected encounters that lead to commissions, new materials, or innovative techniques; art lotteries; and attempts to beat the game of chance through limiting outcomes or cheating. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any discipline. Please email your cv and a one-page abstract to Keely Orgeman, Symposium Coordinator, Department of Art History, Boston University at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2008. We will notify selected speakers by January 1, 2009.
Department of Art History
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