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Metadata: how we relate to images


Metadata: how we relate to images

The Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, London

10 January 2018 – 3 February 2018

Disentangled N°1, 2017 Nora Al-Badri and Nikolai Nelles, Ditone print, Courtesy: Nora Al-Badri, Nikolai Nelles | NOME Gallery Berlin

An exhibition curated by the International Research Project “Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology’ and presented in cooperation with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

This exhibition arises out of a longstanding collaboration between artists and academics from Central Saint Martins and the Research Project Bilderfahrzeuge. It focuses on the role of metadata – data that provides information about other data – in art and art history. The show includes work by established and emerging artists, loans by the British Museum, NOME Gallery (Berlin), Herald Street Gallery (London) and private collections. They will stand alongside an imaginative reinvestigation of CSM’s own Museum and Study Collection, comprised of teaching objects relevant to the many arts disciplines taught at CSM as well as work by former students.

For all enquiries related to the exhibition, please contact: moss@bilderfahrzeuge.org


The exhibition is accompanied by a series of panel discussions and a workshop in which curators, artists and academics will discuss some of the overarching themes of Metadata: how we relate to images.

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Conference: Aby Warburg 150. Work. Legacy. Promise.

13 June – 15 June 2016

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Conference celebrating the life, work and impact of Aby Warburg including a screening of Aby Warburg: Metamorphosis and Memory (60 minutes. 2016), a film by Judith Wechsler.

On 13-15 June 2016, the Warburg Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aby Warburg. At the centre of this commemoration is a conference dedicated to his work and heritage. It will reclaim the centrality of Warburg’s thought and vision not only for the London Institute but for the world of international scholarship. A large group of distinguished scholars will discuss the implications of his thought for the history of art, images and cultures. The aim will be not only to illuminate the past, but to reveal the potential of his writings for the debate about contemporary cultural differences as well.

NB: Registration for Sessions 4 & 5 (15th June) has closed, but places are still available for Sessions 1-3 (13th and 14th June). For any queries please email warburg@sas.ac.uk.

All sessions are available to view online via live streaming during the conference. Please click on the appropriate link to be redirected to the live stream:

 Monday 13 June (Day 1)

Tuesday 14 June (Day 2)

 Wednesday 15 June (Day 3)

For the live stream available from Germany (all sessions), please click on the following link:
Live stream from Germany

For more information and the programme of the conference, please visit the Warburg Institute website.

This conference is generously supported by the following organisations:

Max Kohler Stiftung
Martha Pulvermacher Stiftung
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research / Bilderfahrzeuge Project


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Conference: Botticelli

To coincide with the exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, this two-day international conference will explore our perception of Botticelli”s artistic practice, legacy and fame, as well as its impact and reception from fifteenth century to the present. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in collaboration with the Warburg Institute and the Bilderfahrzeuge, this event will bring together international scholars to consider how the art of the past remains a principal source for contemporary practice.

This conference is generously supported by the Kress Foundation and the Italian Embassy.

London, 13 & 14 May 2015, 10.30 – 17.00

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Botticelli Conference Programme (as pdf)

NB: This conference is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 2RL

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Conference: Das verirrte Kunstwerk. Funktion und Rezeption vom Wege abgekommener ›Bilderfahrzeuge‹

Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, 20249 Hamburg, 25.-26. April 2016

Jahreskonferenz des Forschungsverbundes »Bilderfahrzeuge – Warburg’s legacy and the future of iconology«

Organisiert von Uwe Fleckner, Elena Tolstichin und Isabella Woldt
Universität Hamburg, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar


25. April 2016

Entführte Kunst / Abducted art

11.00 Uhr
Begrüßung und Einführung
Uwe Fleckner / Elena Tolstichin

11.15 Uhr
Strangers in paradise
Die Verschleppung byzantinischer Seidenarbeiter nach Sizilien
Johannes von Müller

12 Uhr

12.30 Uhr
Kunst und Feldzug
Artefakte als Beute im Alten Orient
Babette Schnitzlein

13.15 Uhr
(News) Stories from the Middle East
Removed artefacts, recycling, and the ethical agenda against illicit trade
Mirjam Brusius

14.00 Uhr

Missverstandene Bilder / Misunderstood images

15.00 Uhr
The naked fetish
Carl Einstein and the Western canon of African art
Uwe Fleckner

15.45 Uhr
White skin, black masks
The native/exotic in Brazilian Modernism
Rafael Cardoso


Verhängnisvolle Mobilität
Das »Goldene Zeitalter« der Bildtapisserie
Isabella Woldt

26. April 2016

Transfer – Transformation – Translation

10.15 Uhr
Konversionen der »Religio«
Rekonstruktion eines bildgestützten Diskurses
Elena Tolstichin

11.00 Uhr
Metamorphosis of ruins
Some reflections on reconstruction practices around 1900
Maria Teresa Costa

11.45 Uhr

12.15 Uhr
Translation processes in the religious art of the early modern period
The mission in New Spain
Margit Kern

13.00 Uhr
Looking at the New Hispanic folding screens’ many faces
Iconic translation and transformation
Emilie Carreón Blaine / Linda Báez Rubí

13.45 Uhr

Verschobene Objekte / Displaced objects

15.15 Uhr
Moving sculptures
Southern Netherlandish alabasters in Central and Northern Europe
Aleksandra Lipinska

16.00 Uhr
Building the Alhambra abroad
The Alhambra cupola in Berlin and other moving parts
Anna McSweeney

16.45 Uhr

17.15 Uhr
Expatriates, diasporic or common goods?
Variations of Islamic arts on display
Eva-Maria Troelenberg

Keynote lecture

18.00 Uhr
Memory, nostalgia, repatriation
Political claims on antiquities
James Cuno

Um Anmeldung bis zum 10. April 2016 wird gebeten (eva.landmann@uni-hamburg.de).

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Workshop: Contemporary Image Conflicts. Violence and Iconoclasm from Charlie Hebdo to Daesh

14 January 2016, 2 – 5 pm

Workshop at the Warburg Institute, London

organised by David Freedberg (Warburg Institute) and Johannes von Müller (Bilderfahrzeuge)


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Conference “Hybrid Creations: Trade Between Europe, the Americas and Asia and Its Transcontinental Impact on Art in the Early Modern Age of Globalization”

Conference at the University of Bern, September 24 and 25, 2015

Organization and conception: Linda Báez Rubí (Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM/Project Bilderfahrzeuge, Warbung Institute, London) and Raphaèle Preisinger (Institute for Art History, University of Bern)

The emergence of maritime trade routes between Europe, the American continent and
Asia in the 16th century heralded a new era of economic relations that was characterized
by a vital exchange of cultural goods. Images of all kinds may be reinvestigated against
the background of trade between Europe, the Americas and Asia in the early modern
period. Two important trade routes linked all three continents during this era, the route of
the Portuguese India fleet (Carreira da Índia), which circulated between Lisbon and Goa,
Malacca and Macau and halted in the ports of Salvador und Rio de Janeiro, and the
maritime route proceeding from Spain to Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico (Carrera de las
Indias) and from Acapulco on the Pacific coast to Manila (Galeón de Manila or Nao de la
China) and eventually to China or Japan. The documentation and analysis of the spatial
movements of artifacts and their transformation along these ‘European-American-Asian
trails’ allow for a new iconological investigation in a transcultural perspective. The time
frame for this endeavor is provided by the Iberoamerican colonial era. In 1815, just a few
years before almost all colonial territories became independent, maritime trade between
Acapulco and Manila ceased.

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Workshop “Migrating Histories of Art. Self-Translations of a Discipline”

8 – 9 October 2015

Annual Workshop of the International Research Group Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’ legacy and the future of Iconology at the Kunsthistorische Institut Florence

organized by Maria Teresa Costa and Hans Christian Hönes

Aby Warburg: Bilingual Manuscript of “I costumi teatrali”, WIA III.42.1, fol [41] © The Warburg Institute, University of London
The workshop situates itself at the crossroads of art history and translation studies, exploring, for the first time, the problem of self-translation in the realm of art writing. One the one hand it seeks to provide a theoretical framework from Translation Studies, on the other hand it aims to offer case-studies from Art History and related fields, providing a unique and comprehensive overview on how a discipline defines itself through cultural transfers.

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Inter Arma Silent Musae?

Inter Arma programmeA lecture series examining art history during the First World War, organised by Pablo Schneider, of the Bilderfahrzeuge Group, began last week at the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, bringing together academics from across Germany to consider developments in art history during these formative years. The programme will run until 15th July 2015. For more information and a full programme, click here.

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Renaissance Society of America, Berlin 2015: Bilderfahrzeuge Panels

The ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’ group will present two linked panels at the Renaissance Society of America. These bring together members of the research project and invited guest speakers to talk about the movement of objects and the shaping of maritime spaces. All of the papers will be presented on Saturday 28th March in the Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, First Floor, 2094.


Panel 1: Moving Objects, Shifting Spaces I: Mediterranean Migration of Artifacts and Its Effect on Conceptions of Space (Sat, March 28, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, First Floor, 2094)

World from the anonymous <i>Christian Topography</i>, eleventh century, St Katherine's Monastery, Sinai
World from the anonymous Christian Topography, eleventh century, St Katherine’s Monastery, Sinai
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Conference: ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’. On the Migration of Images, Forms, and Ideas

Annual Conference of the International Research Group ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’
at the Warburg Institute, London

Francesco del Cossa: April, detail, fresco, 1468-70, Salone dei Mesi, Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara
Francesco del Cossa: April, detail, fresco, 1468-70, Salone dei Mesi, Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara
This conference takes up the question of the migration of images, forms and ideas, accessing the metaphor “Bilderfahrzeuge”, coined by the cultural theorist Aby Warburg (1866-1929). It is the first major opportunity for the international research group ‘Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology’ to introduce itself to a wider public and invite broad academic dialogue. Carefully-selected external speakers will present alongside the group’s own members, to offer an insight into how the dynamic of individual research projects contributes to this larger question.
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