The Tableau Project is a series of events culminating in a 2 day conference at Tate Modern in 2011 that broadly addresses questions about the structuring of pictorial representation and forms. Keynote presentations from Philip Armstrong, Fulvia Carnevale, Jean François Chevrier and Michael Fried will take place on the 1st day of the Tate conference followed by a 2nd day of research papers, in preparation for this, there will be 2 research symposia. In addition there will be a 3 day seminar given by Jean François Chevrier. Where possible there will be general access to these events. The project is organised by Mick Finch and Jane Lee, The School of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Research Symposium 1,
10am - 4pm at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design,
The Viewing Theatre, 109
111 Charing Cross Road
Catrina Cojanu (RCA) – Painting as Gaze: On the Revelatory Force of the Arabesque
Adi Efal (University of Cologne) – The two faces of the figure: plastic and philological
Cedric Loire (Lille University) – title tbc
Bettina Reiber (CSM) – Theorising Painting: Modernism, Hegel, Heidegger
The concepts of apparatus (mostly associated with Althusser) and dispositif (associated with Foucault and Agamben) bear many structural similarities to these emerging formulations of the tableau where questions of ideology and signification are at work. The increasing use of all three terms in critical visual art practices is the basis for this conference.
The first day of the conference will be for keynote presentations, the second day for research papers in response to a call for papers.