Digital culture and the emerging new virtual worlds are but a part of the reason why we talk about the growing importance of images in contemporaneity. Images are turning ever more into emancipated "grammatical" units for communication and knowledge of the world. However, what is an image is a question as obvious as it is obscure. This is a problem not only for the theory of art, the visual and media disciplines but for the entire field of the humanities. Within the conference this question will be asked on the basis of the writings of the historian and theoretician of art Prof. Hans Belting, the author of the book "An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body" (2011, Princeton University Press). Prolific investigator of problems about "the end of the history of art", the image before the age of art and numerous other studies in the field of history and theory of art and visual culture Prof. Belting will deliver a lecture titled "An Anthropology of Images or Iconology". The lecture will evolve into a debate on the topic and that will be followed by a presentation of the exhibition "The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989" by its curator Dr. Andrea Buddensieg
(http://www.global-contemporary.de/en); and a discussion about the status of contemporary art in the image worlds of today.
07.11. / 6.30 pm – Luchezar Boyadjiev – introduction and a brief on the forum
07.11. / 6.40 pm – Prof. Hans Belting, "An Anthropology of Images or Iconology", lecture. Moderator and discussant: Boyan Manchev
08.11. / 11 am – 1 pm – Round table with the participation of Nora Goleshevska, Vladiya Mihaylova, Darin Tenev, and Krassimir Terziev. Moderator: Boyan Manchev
08.11. / 5 pm – Andrea Buddensieg, "The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989" – presentation and discussion with the participation of Prof. Hans Belting and Luchezar Boyadjiev, moderator
For more information:
Vladiya Mihaylova +359 87 819 0316; Luchezar Boyadjiev +359 88 849 1109
The conference is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia and the Goethe-Institut in Sofia in partnership with the Cultural Center of Sofia University.