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21-22 January, 2021: Toppling Things. The Visuality, Space and Affect of Monument Removal

21-22 January, 2021: Toppling Things. The Visuality, Space and Affect of Monument Removal

18.01.2021

 

 
Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, near the White House, on June 22, 2020. Credit: Drew Angerer Getty Images
 
   
 
Toppling Things.
The Visuality, Space and Affect of Monument Removal
Programme
​DEPARTAMENT D'HUMANITATS, UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA,
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
THURSDAY – 21 JANUARY 2021

10:30   Welcome and introduction to the conference theme by

            Tomas MACSOTAY and Nausikaä El-MECKY (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

10:45   Session 1: The Charge of History

            Karo MORET MIRANDA (Australian National University) – Is a reckoning with History possible?

Isabel VALVERDE (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) – TBC

12:15-13:30 Lunch break

13:30   Session 2 : Repetitions, Substitutions

Ursula STRÖBELE (ZIK, München) – Toppling monuments – media strategies of artistic interventions

Tomas MACSOTAY (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) –  Taking a Knee: Permanence, Ritual and the Respect Insurrection

15:45   Short Break
16:00    Session 3 : Working the Monument in Art and Activism

            Romy RONDELTAP (The Baileo Foundation, Netherlands) – Down with JP Coen

Adam BROOMBERG (HFBK Hamburg) & Rafaël LEMMENS-CHAPDELAINE & Guy DELANCEY (tbc) – Hacking Monuments: Digital Monument Modification and the Pitfalls of Augmented Reality

Ada PINKSTON (Monument Lab, Townson University) – Empty Pedestals or The Aesthetics of Truth

 

18:30    Short Break

18:45   Krzysztof WODICZKO – Artist’s presentation, departing from events of 2020

19:30   ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION – Relaying the Monument

 

FRIDAY – 22 JANUARY 2021
13:30 Session 4 : Erasures, Absences

Erin THOMPSON (CUNY) – Reading the Writing on the Statue: Why Signage Doesn’t Neutralize Controversial Monuments

Nausikaä El-MECKY (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) – The agency of the void: when a monument falls, absence alchemises into powerful presence

 

15:00   Short Break

15:15   Session 5

            Ernst van ALPHEN (LEIDEN University) – TBC

            Ann CVETKOVICH (Carleton University in Ottawa)  – Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice and Queer and Indigenous Museum Exhibition

16:45   Short break
17:00   Conversation on Black Lives Matter 1, followed by Q&A

Stacy BOLDRICK (University of Leicester, UK) interviews Tami SAWYER

17:55   Conversation on Black Lives Matter 2, followed by Q&A

             Richard CLAY (Newcastle University, UK) interviews Keith MAGEE (UCL, London, Newcastle University, UK)

19:00   Concluding Remarks : Shape of the Publication

 

The conference will be held on 21 and 22 January 2021 via Zoom.

Convenors: Tomas MACSOTAY and Nausikaä El-MECKY (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

 

SIGN UP HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE (listeners only, speakers do not need to sign up)  https://forms.gle/5pHftYvEnjuDxshX9

 

 

This event was made possible by the Spanish research project Prehistories of the Installation:  from ecclesiastical baroque to modern interiors. PGC2018-098348-A-100 (MCIU/AEI/FEDER, UE).

https://www.upf.edu/en/web/humanitats/research-projects/-/asset_publisher/hm2JAMyOEdJi/content/id/228493835/maximized#.YAANc-hKh3g

 

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