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75 minutes | 6 months ago
Conversation with Phoebe Boswell and Angelica Pesarini
Content Warning: This recording contains mentions of racial trauma, violence against Black and Brown people and racial slurs that can be disturbing or triggering.The second event of the BSR Fine Arts Talks | Talk Justice series will be a conversation between artist Phoebe Boswell (Bridget Riley Fellow 2019) and Dr Angelica Pesarini (NYU Florence). Pesarini, whose research is dedicated to the analysis of the intersections of race, gender and citizenship in colonial and postcolonial Italy responds to Phoebe's visual essay 'Stranger In The Village', which documents her experience of both an artist residency and a growing consciousness within an increasingly hostile Europe. Combining draftswomanship and digital technology, Boswell creates immersive installations and bodies of work that layer drawing, animation, sound, video and interactivity in an effort to find new languages robust yet open and multifaceted enough to house, centre and amplify voices and histories which, like her own, are often systemically marginalised or sidelined as ‘other’.Phoebe Boswell explores the sense of ‘belonging’ and is anchored to a restless state of diasporic consciousness, combining traditional drawing with digital technology. Her practice draws on her own experiences of belonging, having been born in Kenya and brought up in the Arabian Gulf; she now lives and works in London. Her works are created in an effort to find new languages robust yet open and multifaceted enough to house, centre and amplify voices and histories which, like her own, are often systemically marginalised or sidelined as ‘other’. Her work has been exhibited widely, including Kristin Hjellegjerde, Carroll / Fletcher, and Tiwani Contemporary; and has screened at the Sundance, BFI London, BlackStar, Underwire and LA Film Festivals, British Animation Awards, and CinemAfrica amongst others. She participated in the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2015, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva and received the Future Generation Art Prize’s Special Prize in 2017, consequently exhibiting as part of the Collateral Events programme at the 57th Venice Biennale. Boswell will unveil a new largescale public moving image work in Geneva in December 2019, and a solo exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham in 2020.Angelica Pesarini was awarded a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2015 from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds. She is currently a Lecturer in Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU Florence where she teaches Black Italia, a course entirely dedicated to the intersectional analysis of racial identity in Italy. Angelica previously worked at Lancaster University as a Lecturer in Gender, Race and Sexuality. Her current work investigates dynamics of race performativity with a focus on colonial and postcolonial Italy and she also works on the racialization of the Italian political discourse on immigration. She has previously conducted research on gender roles and the development of economic activities within some Roma communities in Italy and she has analysed strategies of survival, risks and opportunities associated with male prostitution in Rome. She has been published in a number of journals and edited volumes and she is currently writing a monograph of her first book.
69 minutes | 6 months ago
The lost gateway of early modern Rome: the development of the port of Ripa Grande from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century
A lecture by Nikolaos Karydis (Kent; BSR). This lecture explores the development of the Ripa Grande, the main river port of Rome during the Early Modern period. This port was destroyed in the 19th century. The lecture, offers an opportunity to visualise its lost phases on the basis of vedutte drawn from the 15th to the 18th century. Comparative analysis of an unprecedented number of engravings, drawings and paintings and their interpretation by reference to coeval maps will help us to retrace the transformations of the port through time. Reconstructed plans and axonometric drawings make it possible to investigate the spatial organisation of the port and the design principles that informed its remodelling. Reconstruction also provides a closer look to key port buildings, such as the Ospizio di San Michele. The latter will be analyzed within the context of institutional architecture in European river ports. This methodology sheds new light on a highly significant if highly neglected aspect of the urban development of Rome in the Early Modern period.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
The Stuarts in Rome: a royal court in the city of cardinals
Keynote by Edward Corp (Toulouse) for the conference Alla Corte della Cancelleria: Pietro Ottoboni e la politica delle arti nella Roma del Settecento
60 minutes | 6 months ago
Il Parco Archeologico di Ercolano: per un Passato al Futuro
Molly Cotton Lecture by Francesco Sirano (Herculaneum)
58 minutes | 6 months ago
Working with history
A lecture by Spencer de Grey (Foster + Partners).
82 minutes | 6 months ago
Le origini dell’economia romana
A lecture by Gabriele Cifani (École normale supérieure, Paris). Part of the City of Rome Lecture Series. L’economia romana tra l’VIII e il IV secolo a.C. è generalmente ricostruita in termini marcatamente primitivisti, con un ruolo preponderante attribuito all’agricoltura e con ridotte attività di produzione e di scambi commerciali. Tale vulgata, tuttora presente in particolare nella manualistica anglosassone, mal si concilia con le scoperte archeologiche avvenute a Roma e nel Lazio negli ultimi quaranta anni che obbligano a riconsiderare il ruolo della città nell’ambito delle interazioni commerciali mediterranee. Oggetto della conferenza saranno pertanto le produzioni ed importazioni a Roma tra l’Età del Ferro e la prima età repubblicana e le loro possibili implicazioni storiche e sociali.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
Pirro Ligorio and the Roman aqueducts
A lecture by Ginette Vagenheim (Rouen-Normandie) as part of the City of Rome lecture series. After the catastrophic Tiber flood of 1557, control over the river and repairs to the aqueducts represented the major urban issues that needed to be resolved in the context of Rome’s renovation. Massive public works were commissioned, namely around Castel Sant’Angelo and for the reconstruction of the aqueduct named “Acqua Vergine”. These projects produced numerous discussions and writings by a series of individuals of varied backgrounds, like the physician Andrea Bacco (1524-1600), the engineer Antonio Trevisi (d.1564), the jurist and Roman magistrate Luca Peto (1512-1581), and the antiquarian Pirro Ligorio (1512c.-1581), all of them being eager to attract the prestigious patronage of the Papacy. In his antiquarian works called “Roman antiquities”, Ligorio produced the only extant illustrated treatise on the renovation of the Acqua Vergine. In my talk I will focus on this treatise to try to describe how Ligorio faced problems of urbanisation and hydrology which were linked to the most impressive ruins of Roman civilisation.
51 minutes | 6 months ago
Ancient ports and seafaring traditions of the Egyptian Red Sea coast in the GrecoRoman period
A lecture by Ania Kotarba-Morley. The Red Sea region is hostile to long-shore nautical activity as it lacks natural topographic features that could be used as harbours; only a few suitable bays for landing, where the wadi mouths allow the break in the reef, are located on its coasts. However, experiencing seasonally variable winds and currents parts of the Red Sea constituted favourable ground for maritime voyaging, contact and trade for millennia. Berenike Troglodytica was one of the most important harbours on the Egyptian Red Sea during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods – a major hub connecting trade between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. Its geographical position was chosen due to its extraordinarily propitious characteristics owing partly to its natural harbour, protected against the prevailing northern winds, as well as its location in the vicinity of an ancient viewshed – the large peninsula of Ras Benas. This seminar will collate different strands of evidence and compare the seafaring traditions in the region and the recent findings from the port area of Berenike with other key ports of trade on the Red Sea and around the Indian Ocean rims.
66 minutes | 6 months ago
History and theory: the Romans debate their Forum
A lecture by Nicholas Purcell (Oxford). Partof the City of Rome Lecture Series
68 minutes | 6 months ago
Nobili, militari e vescovi. Il Laterano in età imperiale
A lecture by Paolo Liverani (Firenze). Part of the City of Rome lecture series. Il progetto di ricerca sul Laterano antico fino alle soglie del medioevo vede insieme le università di Newcastle e Firenze con il determinante sostegno della British School di Roma, dei Musei Vaticani e la collaborazione dell’Istituto per le Tecnologie Applicate ai Beni Culturali del CNR italiano. I rilievi dell’area lateranense strettamente intesa sono terminati e sono molto avanzati gli studi per la ricostruzione delle varie fasi edilizie, storiche e urbanistiche. Qui alle domus di I e II secolo d.C. si sovrappone prima la caserma dei cavalieri scelti di Settimio Severo (Castra Nova Equitum Singularium) con le adiacenti terme, quindi la basilica costantiniana con il suo battistero. Il rilievo sta proseguendo nell’area adiacente dell’ospedale di Giovanni in Laterano con le domus di personaggi chiave del II secolo dell’impero: i consoli Quintilii e Domizia Lucilla, la madre di Marco Aurelio. Su di esse sorgeranno fondazioni tardoantiche legate alla chiesa dei primi secoli.
42 minutes | 6 months ago
Domus Tiberiana: urbanism, building processes and construction techniques on the Palatine’s northern slope
A lecture by Stefano Camporeale (Siena) part of the City of Rome Lecture Series. With the co-ordination of the Soprintendenza of Rome, a research team carried out in 2013-17 an archaeological study and restoration programme of the northern substructures of the Domus Tiberiana. Through stratigraphic, technical and structural analyses of this complex, new data has emerged on the function and different phases of the various rooms and buildings, on the construction processes, and on the urban organization of the Palatine’s northern slope. Dal 2013 al 2017 un gruppo di lavoro coordinato dalla Soprintendenza di Roma si è occupato dello studio archeologico e del restauro delle sostruzioni settentrionali della Domus Tiberiana. A partire dall’analisi stratigrafica, tecnica e strutturale di questo complesso sono emerse nuove informazioni sulla funzione e fasi cronologiche dei vari ambienti ed edifici, sui processi costruttivi e sull’urbanistica delle pendici nord del Palatino.
62 minutes | 6 months ago
Il Museo Capitolino: l’affermazione di un nuovo modello di museo nell’Europa del Settecento
A lecture by Eloisa Dodero (Musei Capitolini) as part of the City of Rome lecture series. L’istituzione del Museo Capitolino con i due chirografi di papa Clemente XII del dicembre 1733 rappresenta un episodio di grande importanza nel panorama culturale dell’Europa del Settecento. Prototipo del museo moderno, per la razionalizzazione degli spazi espositivi, l’apertura al pubblico dei giovani artisti, la creazione di nuove figure professionali e la pubblicazione di cataloghi illustrati e guide per i visitatori, negli anni centrali del Settecento il Museo Capitolino costituisce una tappa immancabile nella Roma del Grand Tour e come assoluta novità viene percepito, tra gli altri, da Jean-Jacques Barthélemy e Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Questa presentazione intende ripercorrere i momenti fondamentali della storia più antica del Museo Capitolino, dall’atto fondativo del 1733, maturato nella necessità di salvare la collezione del cardinale Alessandro Albani dal rischio di una rovinosa dispersione, al trauma della partenza per Parigi dei capolavori capitolini all’indomani del Trattato di Tolentino del 1797.
53 minutes | 6 months ago
Atterraggi poetici e pericolosi
Tomaso Binga in conversation with Raffaella Perna (Sapienza) followed by a performance. Part of the BSR Fine Arts Talk Gender Series
69 minutes | 6 months ago
Beyond queer minimalism
A talk by John Walter as part of the BSR Fine Arts Talk Gender Series
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Visions of ruin: Volney’s ‘Les Ruines’ and Mary Shelley’s Rome
BSR-Institute of Classical Studies Rome-London Lecture by Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck). Volney’s hugely influential work Les Ruines (1791) had a profound effect on responses to ruins, not just those of exotic Palmyra (with which Volney’s treatise opens) but also the more familiar ruins of Rome. Les Ruines plays a small but crucial role in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her later writing, especially works composed in or about Rome (her fragmentary story ‘Valerius: the reanimated Roman’ and her novel The last man), deploys the remains of ancient Rome to explore complex temporalities, alert to the politics of ruins and inflected by a distinctively Volneyan aesthetic.
93 minutes | 6 months ago
Second World War military intelligence: aerial photography in the Mediterranean Theatre
Round table with Alan Williams (National Collection of Aerial Photography), Elizabeth J. Shepherd (Aerofototeca Nazionale-ICCD) and Alessandra Giovenco (BSR).
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Franciscan political thought in Baroque Rome
A lecture by Ian Campbell (QUB)
42 minutes | 6 months ago
Translation, travel and treason: William Barker in Early Modern Italy
Society for Renaissance Studies Lecture by Jane Grogan (UCD). This paper introduces a long-forgotten Tudor figure, William Barker, and argues for his significance to our understanding of post-Reformation English Renaissance culture. Sometime Cambridge scholar, traveller to Italy, and accomplished translator from ancient Greek, Barker became a key figure in the ill-fated Ridolfi plot (which sought to put Mary Queen of Scots on Elizabeth’s English throne). But quite apart from the interest of his own story, his life and works cast light on unnoticed intellectual networks operating in Renaissance England, and point to the need to rethink our understanding of its social and political world, as well as its literary history.
68 minutes | 6 months ago
Neither perfect nor ideal: Palladio’s Villa Rotonda
A lecture by Andrew Hopkins (Università degli Studi Dell’Aquila)
72 minutes | 6 months ago
The natural world: pagans and Christians - animal and vegetable
A lecture by Robin Lane Fox (Oxford), co-organised with the American Academy in Rome as part of the 2018 Jerome Lecture Series. The Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures Series is among the most prestigious international platforms for the presentation of new work on Roman history and culture. They are presented at both the American Academy in Rome and the University of Michigan. In 2018, the forty-fifth year of the lecture series, Robin Lane Fox, a noted scholar of ancient history, will discuss the natural world in pagan and Christian Rome. The lectures will explore the differing approaches to the natural world by pagans and the early Christians, from Paul and the Gospels to circa 500 CE. They will bring out differing emphases in their respective writings and art and will ask what practical effects such different ways of seeing had on contemporary life.
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