Book launch: Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art

Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art, edited by Pierpaolo Antonello, Matilde Nardelli and Margherita Zanoletti, will be launched at 6pm on Wednesday 21 February at the Museo del Novecento in Milan. Speakers will include the architect Mario Piazza, the designer and curator Federica Sala and Francesco Tedeschi, an art historian from Milan’s Università Cattolica del … Continue reading

The Poetics of Decadence in Fin-de-Siècle Italy published

In the 1880s and 1890s, materialism in art was counterbalanced by attention to the subjective individual experience, expressed in the new modes inaugurated by Symbolism, Decadence and Aestheticism. In particular, Decadent artists and writers inspired the lasting name of an age fascinated by the contemplation of luxury and decay: the fin de siècle. Notions of … Continue reading

Falling for Gravity published

This book begins with the observation that contemporary artists have embraced and employed gravity as an immaterial readymade. Necessarily focusing on material practices – chiefly sculpture, installation, performance, and film – this discussion takes account of how and why artists have used gravity and explores the similarities between their work and the popular cultural forms … Continue reading

Photos from the book launch: @IreneNoy’s Emergency Noises @CourtauldRes #emergencynoises

Irene Noy’s monograph, Emergency Noises: Sound Art and Gender, was launched on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Accompanied by sounds from nature, the author, Professor Simon Shaw-Miller (University of Bristol), Astrid Schmetterling (Goldsmiths) and Frances Carey (The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust) provided fascinating commentary on the book, … Continue reading

Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art published

Bruno Munari was one of the most important and eclectic twentieth-century European artists. Dubbed the «Leonardo and Peter Pan» of contemporary art, he pioneered what would later be labelled kinetic art, playing a key role in the constitution and definition of the aesthetic programmes of groups such as Movimento Arte Concreta and Programmed Art. He … Continue reading

Book launch: Emergency Noises

Irene Noy’s monograph, Emergency Noises: Sound Art and Gender, will be launched on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 6 pm at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The event will include short contributions from Professor Simon Shaw-Miller (University of Bristol), Astrid Schmetterling (Goldsmiths), Frances Carey (The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust) and the author. … Continue reading

The Art of War published

War and trauma are fundamental human experiences and central to German history, especially in the twentieth century. Since the First World War, which some Germans celebrated as the chance to annihilate the old culture to make space for a new one, German art has been implicated in war. War and trauma cause extreme conditions that … Continue reading

Emergency Noises published

«Gerda Nettesheim’s stainless steel kitchen sink with piano pedals, transformed into a sound box … ! Noy’s feminist reading of German-based women sound artists is an interdisciplinary wake-up call and superbly well written: a visually and aurally powerful book.» (Sarah Wilson, Courtauld Institute of Art) «Irene Noy’s book Emergency Noises: Sound Art and Gender makes … Continue reading

(Re)imagining African Independence published

The fortieth anniversary of the independence of the African countries colonized by Portugal presents a valuable opportunity to reassess how colonialism has been «imagined» through the medium of the moving image. The essays collected in this volume investigate Portuguese colonialism and its filmic and audio-visual imaginaries both during and after the Estado Novo regime, examining … Continue reading

Memories of the Future published

«Everywhere the crisis speeds toward places and people that have long kept the disasters they produced far away and for others. Across a series of groundbreaking essays, Memories of the Future sets into play a debate among scholars and artists about the politics of the future present. This collection refuses to offer an answer. It … Continue reading

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