Conference: Choir stalls and their workshops (Greifswald, 23-26 June 2016)

IMG_2250 (1)Choir stalls were not only simple seating for the priests and monks. With their highly complex imaging systems they were also one of the most important and complex artistic tasks in medieval cathedrals, monastic churches, and even parishes.

In recent years, research has focused primarily on iconographic research and formal and stylistic analysis, as has the research of Misericordia International. There are very few studies dedicated to the workshops and their working conditions. Therefore this year the Misericordia International conference in Greifswald will deal with the workshop context of the choir stalls for the first time. In addition to questions about substantive and economic mechanisms of art production the conference will deal with basic knowledge craftsmanship such as the structure studies. It also examines the use of drawings and models in the production of choir stalls.

The venue Greifswald is chosen wisely. North Germany has a rich “choir landscape” whose research is a rewarding task. Nevertheless, despite work by relevant scientists that wealth is not well known, let alone scientifically. The colloquium will thus stimulate a reinterpretation of the liturgical furniture and provide new impulses.



23. Juni 2016

12.45 Registration

13.00 Frédéric Billet, President of Misericordia International (Sorbonne Paris IV): Welcome

13.10 Gerhard Weilandt (Universität Greifswald): Introduction

Section I
Workshop practices

13.20 Thomas Eißing (University Bamberg): Science of Joining structures as knowledge reservoir for workshop practices? A methodological introduction

14.00 Anja Seliger (Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung Berlin): To get an idea -Visualization as a starting point in the manufacturing process

14.40 Pause

14.50 Angela Glover (University of Toronto): Module as Model for Early Modern Choir Stalls

15.30 Kristiane Lemé-Hébuterne (Amiens): Big seats for fat Benedictines, small ones for slender Cistercians? – Some statistics on the size

16.10 Pause

Section II
16th- and early 17th-century choir stalls – Tradition or restart?

16.25 Volker Dietzel (Dresden): Berufsbezeichnungen und Werkzeugnamen der Tischler, Schreiner und Kistler

17. 05 Ulrich Knapp (Leonberg): The Choir stalls of Salem Cistercian Monastery Church as testimony of liturgical and economical reforms (1588 till 1593)

17.45 Jörg Lampe (Academy of Science Göttingen): The choir stalls of the monasteries of Pöhlde and St. Alexandri in Einbeck – Observations on their time of origin from an epigraphical and historical point of

18.25 Pause

19.00 Abendvortrag
Dorothee Heim (Berlin): The woodcarver Rodrigo Alemán. An international acting choir stalls maker and businessman in Spain about 1500.

20.15 Get-together

24. Juni 2016

09.30 Begrüßung

Sektion III
Choir stalls made of stone – A forgotten furniture

10.00 Jörg Widmaier (University Tübingen): The stone bench of Burs – Gotland’s masonry in context and their connections to the main land

10.40 Erika Loic (University Harvard): Liturgical Activation of Master
Mateo’s Stone Choir in Santiago de Compostela

11.20 Pause

11.40 James Alexander Cameron (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London): Microarchitectural reflexivity in the design of sedilia and choir stalls

Section IV
Authorshift and groups of work – Case studies

12.20 Willy Piron (Radboud University, Nijmegen): The bilobate misericords of the Lower-Rhine area: a local phenomenon?

13.00 Mittagspause

14.20 Christel Theunissen (Radboud University Nijmegen): Jan Borchman and his fellow craftsmen. The creation of choir stalls in the Low Countries

15.00 Barbara Spanjol-Pandelo (University of Rijeka): Matteo Moronzon – an artist or a project manager of a woodcarving workshop?

15.40 Pause

16.00 Detlef Witt (Greifswald): Die Wangen der Anklamer Chorgestühle

16.40 Kaja von Cossart (Drechow): The choir and other 13th century furniture in the Cistercian Monastery Doberan

17.20 Final Discussion

18.30 General Meeting of Misericordia International

20.00 Get-together

Samstag, 25. Juni 2016

Ganztagesexkursion (Bus)
35 Euro Fahr- und Eintrittskosten
Treffpunkt: 8.00 Uhr Bahnhofsvorplatz

Bad Doberan, Münster
Retschow, Dorfkirche
Rostock, Kulturhistorisches Museum Heiligkreuz und Universitätskirche
Ribnitz-Damgarten, St. Klarenkloster

Sonntag, 26. Juni 2016

Halbtagsexkursion nach Stralsund (Bahn)
12 Euro Fahr- und Eintrittskosten
Treffpunkt: 9.00 Uhr Bahnhof Greifswald

Wir werden die Stadt Stralsund zu Fuß erkunden. Bitte berücksichtigen Sie dies bei der Wahl ihres Schuhwerkes und der Kleidung.

St. Nikolaikirche
St. Jakobikirche (Depot)
Kulturhistorisches Museum Stralsund (ehemals St. Katharinenkloster)

Ende der Tagung gegen 15 Uhr.

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