Tag: history

November 14th, Tucson: Conversation & Book Signing with Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe

Center for Creative Photography
Conversation and Book Signing with Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Free and open to the public.

“Norton Family Curator Rebecca Senf leads collaborative artists Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe in a discussion of their working process, their recent Grand Canyon project and book, and what’s on their horizon.  Conversation will be followed by an opportunity to purchase the new “Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe” with an essay by Rebecca Senf.”

© 2012 Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

CCP Auditorium
1030 North Olive Road
Tucson, Arizona

October 13th, New Brunswick, NJ: “Pantographia and the History of the Alphabet” Lecture by Johanna Drucker

Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book 2011-2012
Lecture by Johanna Drucker Pantographia and the History of the Alphabet
Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Open to the public

“In 1799, Edmund Fry published the remarkable compendium, Pantographia, containing visual and verbal descriptions of all known variants of script. The volume includes several hundred alphabetic scripts, and Fry conscientiously noted the sources to which he attributed each sample. A year later, Joseph Hammer von Purgstall published another compendium, his source an Arabic manuscript and his list of alphabets complementing Fry’s with some other additions, particularly those drawn from the legacy of ‘angel’ alphabets. Within a few years, Napoleon’s armies would track through the Sinai, making observations and drawings of the proto-alphabetic signs scratched in the rocks several millennia earlier by Semitic nomands. In that short space at the turn of the 18th to 19th centuries, knowledge of the alphabet would shift from a summary of textual transmission (Fry, Hammer) to those informed by the first archaeological techniques of the modern era. This lecture examines Fry’s project in relation to the fundamental conceptions of alphabetic writing that preceded and followed. This research is part of a larger project on alphabet historiography and linked to The Museum of Writing as a digital exploration of the networks of transmission history, shifts of nomenclature and attribution of sources and origins in the bibliography of alphabet studies. Informed by questions of script, notation, inscription, and signs still relevant to the production of digital code, the larger project is framed by the question of how various understandings of the letters of the alphabet offer insight into our more basic concepts of knowledge transmission and representation.”

Rutgets University
Mason Gross School of the Arts
CSB 100/117
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey [map]

March 2nd & 3rd, NYC: “The Photographic Universe: A Conference”

The Photographic Universe: A Conference
Wednesday & Thursday, March 2 & 3, 2011
Parsons The New School for Design
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York City
Admission: Free

From the about page:
“This two-day symposium brings together a range of leading photographers, scientists, theoreticians, historians, and philosophers from Parsons as well as other institutions,  to reflect and discuss photography at a pivotal moment in its history.

The field of photography is constantly changing. What constitutes a ‘photographer’ or a ‘photograph’ has always been redefined by technological innovations, never more so than during the last two decades of the emerging digital revolution and the Internet. Quite possibly, photography is now at a similar place to where it was during its invention ‹ a time when its cultural significance quickly grew due to fast and innovative technological development. The Photographic Universe: A Conference reflects on this current moment, with the persuasive digitalization of the medium and its speedy permeation into contemporary life. What is the importance of photography as a medium and a discipline? Prominent thinkers and practitioners discuss their roles in the expanding photographic field, evaluate its increasingly blurry relationship between art and life, and speculate on how photographic images will continue to change the way we see our world.”

For details about the list of speakers, format, and more information, visit the symposium website.


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