À propos de cet événement

«  Deus in Machina. Machines, Theatre and Religion in Early Modern Europe »

15-16 March 2013
International Workshop
Rome, Academia Belgica

Organization : Koen Vermeir, Viktoria Tkaczyk & Maarten Delbeke

Organizing committee : Pierre Cassou-Nogues (SPHERE CNRS, Paris 8), Ralph Dekoninck (UCL, GEMCA), Annick Delfosse (ULg, Transitions), Maarten Delbeke (Ghent University, University of Leiden), Viktoria Tkaczyk (MPIWG, UvA), Koen Vermeir (SPHERE CNRS, KUL).

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars from different disciplines reflecting on the intersection between machines, spectacle and religion in the early modern period.

The workshop is double, in two days, with each day covering a distinct research question. The talks of the first day will consist of historical studies of the technical artifacts involved in religious theatres and feasts. The second will consist of a reflexion on the possibility, challegens and problems of reconstructing the technical aspects of such a spectacle, and what can be learned from such reconstructions. On the second day, there will also be a few brief student presentations on the architectural, artistic and theatrical stakes involved in reconstructing baroque spectacles.

The workshop is situated in a series of eventes, organized by the project « Baroque Festival Cultures Between Italy and the Southern Netherlands (1585-1685) » and the CNRS seminar « Machines et Imagination ». The project « Baroque Festival Cultures » studies the religious baroque spectacle in its multimedial appearance. It focuses in particular on the circulation of artistic, ideological and scientific modes of expression between Italy and the Netherlands, taking into account material, technical, economic, artistic and human factors. The CNRS research seminar « Machine and Imagination », established in 2010, aims at investigating the intersections between the history of machines and different discourses on imagination since Greek Antiquity. A particular characteristic of this seminar is its interdisciplinary approach, combining perspectives from the history of technology, history of science, literature, philosophy and aesthetics.


15 March 2013 : Deus in Machina : historical perspectives

09.30-09.40 Wouter Bracke (Academia Belgica, director) : Welcome
09.40-10.30 Maarten Delbeke (Ghent, Leiden), Viktoria Tkaczyk (Amsterdam, Berlin), Koen Vermeir (Paris) : Introduction
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-11.30 Jelle Koopmans (Amsterdam) : Aux origines de la machinerie théâtrale ; aux origines de la théâtralité de la machine
11.30-12.15 Philine Helas (Rome) : “Non cessabant volare per aerem”. The Flying Fifteenth Century
12.15-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.45 Marcus Popplow (Salzburg) (TBC) : Technology and Religion in the Early Modern Period. Some Methodological Remarks
14.45-15.30 Camilla Kandare (Stockholm) : Figuring a Queen. Choreographies of Position in the Interactions of Queen Christina of Sweden with the Court of Rome
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.45 Daniel Weidner (Berlin) : Miraculous Play and Theatrical Devices : Scenic Imagination and Spiritual Meaning in G. P. Harsdoerffers Plays
16.45-17.30 Bram van Oostveldt (Amsterdam) & Stijn Bussels (Leiden) : Vondel's Brethren : Defending the Performance of the Word of God
Conference Dinner

16 March 2013 : Deus in Machina : Methodology and reconstruction

Student presentations
Oscar Seip (Amsterdam) : Reconstructing Giulio Camillo's ‘teatro della memoria’ : an Interdisciplinary Approach
Tessa Tilroe (Amsterdam) : Reconstructing the Theatre – Reconstructing the Mind. A New Perspective on Leon Battista Alberti
Benjamin Struyfs (Ghent) : Reconstructions of Theatre Machines and our Knowledge of the Past
12.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.45 Giuseppe Adami (Macerata) : Under the Sign of Scorpio. The Contribution of Military Science to Renaissance and Baroque Chivalric Festivals
14.45-15.30 Alexandre Neuwahl (Vinci, Florence) : Davide Russo (Vinci) : Innovative Means and Rigorous Philology Working together for the Reconstruction of Renaissance's Machinery
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.00 Stefan Weinzierl (Berlin) : Acoustical Properties and Staging Concepts in Early Modern Theatres in Italy

Practical informations
Academia Belgica
Via Omero 8 I
00197 Roma

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