CULTURAL PRECINCT Memento Mori Symposium · Meaning of Memento Mori Imagery Changed? Death is...
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Reflecting on the nature of death and representations of its meaning in visual art and literature since medieval times.
DATE: Monday 24 November 2014 TIME: 2 - 5 pm VENUE: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery PARKING: Off Fairway and in Carpark 20, below the Gallery COST: Free RSVP: Please register by 21 November at lwag1414.eventbrite.com.au
Refreshments will be provided
ANDREW LYNCH: Medieval modes of death and their afterlivesOver the centuries, ideas and cultural practices surrounding death made it
a site of intense emotional investment and intellectual debate. This illustrated talk will trace some of the changing issues to be found in the literary and artistic record from the medieval period and after.
Andrew Lynch is a Professor in English and Cultural Studies at UWA and Acting Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800. His research concentrates mainly on medieval literature and culture and their modern afterlives in Europe, America and Australia.
RICHARD READ: Death, the Common Unshareable: Has the Meaning of Memento Mori Imagery Changed? Death is un-shareable and common, something
which disunites us all and binds inseparably apart. This presentation considers a variety of examples from contemporary Perth and international art that dwell on mortality.
Richard Read is Winthrop Professor in Art History at the University of Western Australia. He has published in major journals on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, nineteenth and twentieth-century European and Australian art history, contemporary film, popular culture and complex images in global contexts.
CHARLES ZIKA: Memento Mori – Remembering Death or the Community of the Dead in Early Modern Europe?
The Memento Mori images of early modern Europe were certainly produced to remind individuals of death, to instill fear of divine punishment and urge people to convert and focus on their final hour and ultimate salvation. But some of these images also reminded viewers of the community of the dead to which the living were inextricably linked and which they would soon join. This paper will focus on memento mori from the perspective of these communities of the dead, and explore the range of emotional bonds such images could inspire through a number of different visual strategies.
Charles Zika is a Professorial Fellow in History at The University of Melbourne and Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. His interests lie in the intersection of religion, emotion, visual culture and print in early modern Europe; and at present focus
on sacred place, natural disasters and witchcraft.
CAMPUS PARTNER Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Emotions shape individual, community and national identities. The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions uses historical knowledge from Europe 1100-1800 to understand the long history of emotional behaviours. Established in 2011 under the ARC Centres of Excellence Program, the Centre’s research aims to improve the social, cultural and emotional welfare of modern Australians.Headquartered at The University of Western Australia, the Centre has nodes across the country at the universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland and Sydney. It has partnership agreements with major European and North American universities and has developed collaborative research links with leading scholars from institutions in 25 countries.
AES+F, Allegoria Sacra (still), 2011, 3 channel video, Acquired through the Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors Director’s Project 2011 Art Gallery of South Australia.
Memento Mori Symposium
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