John Tresch

John Tresch is Professor of History of Art, Science, and Folk Practice at the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He is the author of The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon (Chicago, 2012), and co-editor of Aesthetics of Universal Knowledge (Palgrave, 2016), Bibliotechnica: Humanist Practice in Digital Times (Fondazione Cini, 2018), and A/V: Audio/Visual (Grey Room Quarterly, 2009). His current research deals with cosmograms, or images of the universe, and the science writing of Edgar Allan Poe.

Neo-Monasticism in the Art Complex: Residencies and Self-Study

Date: Day 2 – 9:45
Location: Notenbank, Weimar
Language: English

In the broad complex of contemporary art, a period spent in residency at dedicated sites has become an important (and at times necessary) element in the development of artworks and careers. With their frequent isolation, enclosure, and emphasis on disciplined effort, learning, and increasing perfection in pursuit of elusive ideals, artistic residencies and retreats at times recall the forms of being alone together in medieval monasteries and convents. What is new and what is old in these neo-monasticisms? What conflicts emerge as artists (as well as writers and scholars) learn, labor, and spend time in deliberate removal from ordinary habits and patterns of living? How can these tensions be addressed by individuals and organizations?

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