Conference: Faltbilder/Foldable Pictures (Zürich, 21-22 November 2014)

Faltbilder. Medienspezifika klappbarer Bildträger.
Foldable Pictures. Implications of Mediality.
University of Zürich, 21-22 November 2014

David Ganz (Universität Zürich)
Marius Rimmele (NCCR Mediality, Universität Zürich)

Book pages, diptychs, and triptychs were popular formats for the presentation of images in the medieval and early modern periods. In addition to their ubiquity, these objects also share one essential material feature: the supports that carry the images are movable. The most obvious consequence of the mobile presentation is the consecutive progression of different views.
Only in recent years did scholars begin to consider the processes of transformation that the opening and closing of pictured surfaces generate, for example the strategies of layering or folding images and the production of tacit knowledge caused by such formats. Using foldable pictures leads to a metaphorical coding of entire object classes, but also to a semantization of specific object areas (the dichotomy of inside and outside as, for example, “secular” versus “sacred”, or “accessible” versus “secret”). Furthermore, also structural features such as borders or thresholds, hinges, and cleavages play a decisive role in these processes. Thanks to the viewer’s memory, images “hidden” beneath other images begin to “gleam through” and become virtually present nonetheless. Movability also creates multiple lines of vision or additional moments of contact between represented persons.

It appears that artists have paid much more attention to these issues as has been hitherto recognized. It may also be noted that this is not a phenomenon restricted to artistic problems. In religious images, such effects were harnessed to draw attention to other functions, such as
didactic or mnemonic purposes.

This conference will explore the range of recently observed phenomena, and discuss their implications for the concept of the image in medieval and early modern period.


Friday, 21 November 2014

10.00-10.30 Einführung (David Ganz/Marius Rimmele, Zürich)

(Moderation: Mateusz Kapustka, Zürich)

10.30-11.15 The Thresholds of the Winged Altarpiece: Altarpiece-Exteriors as Liminal Spaces (Lynn F. Jacobs, Fayetteville)

11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.30 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Approaches to Diagrams and Double-Page Spreads      (Adam S. Cohen, Toronto)

12.30-14.00  Lunch Break

(Moderation: David Ganz, Zürich)

14.00-14.45 Klappbare Bilder als Form der Ordnungs- und Sinnstiftung im Kostbaren Evangeliar Bischof Bernwards von Hildesheim (Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Bonn)

14.45-15.30 Transforming Pages: Parchment and Ornament as Passages in Medieval Manuscripts (Anna Bücheler, Zürich)

15.30-16.00 Coffee

(Moderation: Marius Rimmele, Zürich)

16.00-16.45 Now you see me – Klappbilder als Medienwunder (Roland Krischel, Köln)

16.45-17.30 Dynamik und Semantik des Öffnens (Heike Schlie, Berlin)

Keynote lecture
18.00 Im Grunde die Falte (Bernhard Siegert/Helga Lutz, Weimar)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

(Moderation: Britta Dümpelmann, Berlin)

9.00-9.45 Hybrid Identities Displayed in Motion. Folding Altarpieces by Hans Süss von Kulmbach and the Boner Chapel at the Church of Our Lady in Krakow (Masza Sitek, Krakau)

9.45-10.30 Hinwendung zum Heil – Medienspezifisches Erzählen in Bartlme Dill Riemenschneiders Dreikönigsretabel von 1545 aus dem Dom von Brixen (Hanns-Paul Ties, München)

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.45 Wandelbares Mobiliar. Studien zu schließbaren Bildträgern im Spätmittelalter (Pavla Ralcheva, Köln)

11.45-12.30 Beobachtung eines liturgischen Flügelobjekts in statu nascendi: Die Kanontafel (Peter Schmidt, Heidelberg)

12.30-14.00 Lunch Break

(Moderation Roland Krischel, Köln)

14.00-14.45 Plural und Singular des Bildes um 1490. Zu impliziten und expliziten Faltungen bei Carpaccio und Giambellino (Stefan Neuner, Basel)

14.45-15.30  Rubens’ Aktualisierung des Wandelaltars im Barock (Ulrich Heinen, Wuppertal)

15.30-16.00 Discussion

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