Lecture Series on Textile Arts and Textility (Berlin, 28 May-15 Jul 15)

Berlin, Museum of Islamic Art and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
28.05. – 15.07.2015

Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective

May 28, 2015, 18:00 | Matthew Canepa, University of Minnesota
The Late Antique Kosmos: Textiles and the Transformation of Late
Antique Visual and Political Cultures of Power
Museum of Islamic Art, Mshatta-Hall, Am Kupfergraben 5 in 10117 Berlin

June 22, 2015, 18:00 | Marie-Louise Nosch, Centre for Textile Research,
Kleidergeschichten in der Späten Bronzezeit in der Ägäis und in
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, HS 3075, Unter den Linden 6 in 10099

July 7, 2015, 20:00 | Cécile Fromont, University of Chicago
Foreign Cloth, Local Habits: Textiles and the Art of Conversion in the
Early Modern Kingdom of Kongo
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, HS 3075, Unter den Linden 6 in 10099

July 15, 2015, 20:00 | Markus Ritter, University of Vienna
Kontext und Transfer in Westasien und Europa: Das Textil für Sultan Abu
Said von Iran und Gold-Seide-Stoffe mit arabischer Schrift im
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, HS 3075, Unter den Linden 6 in 10099

About Networks:

“Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective
(4th to 17th cent.)” is a research project directed by Prof. Dr.
Gerhard Wolf and based at the Institute of Art History and Visual
Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Funded by the German
Research Foundation (DFG), its aim is to study the migration of
textiles throughout the globe, including raw materials, techniques and
patterns, as well as the representation of textiles in other media, in
territories including Asia, the Mediterranean, and Scandinavia from
Late Antiquity to the early modern period.

Within art history, textiles have traditionally held a marginal
position. The Networks project aims to give textiles the role in art
history that they deserve, especially in a moment when the field opens
to a global horizon. The project focuses on textiles themselves and
seeks to reconstruct their role as agents of cultural interaction: a
medium of easy transportability and high estimation in most societies,
textiles were a privileged field for the elaboration of cross-cultural
artistic languages. By encouraging a more intense dialogue among
various sub-disciplines of art history the project promotes new ways of
looking at textiles that connect these fields.

The Networks project studies the aesthetics of textiles with regards to
their materiality, surface structure, their ornaments and figurations,
including notions of framing, fragmentation and seriality, as well as
their performativity or motility. It concentrates on the intertwining
of aesthetics with systems of knowledge and the religious, political or
domestic functions of textiles as they wrapped bodies and articulated
spaces. Networks investigates the multi-faceted ‘biographies’ of
textile artifacts and the mythologies, historical discourses and
narratives of textiles throughout the centuries. Finally, networks
activates the concept of “textility,” exploring textile media as a
model for texts or a metaphor for “matter” or “world”, and for
“texture”, relating textiles to layout and multiple ways of interlacing
that occur, for example, in urbanism.

The Networks Lecture Series is organized by Vera-Simone Schulz and
Gerhard Wolf. It will be continued in autumn 2015.

All lectures are open to the public. For more information, click:


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