Sound (of) Space Symposium

Please join us at the Sound (of) Space Symposium at UCL Here East, London on 11th December 2019

The Sound (of) Space Symposium will present a range of discussions around the challenges, creative opportunities and technical considerations when working with extreme and highly particular spatial conditions, across the related disciplines of architecture, engineering, music composition and performance.

The symposium will take place at UCL Here East on the 11th December 2019 and will include talks, presentations, performances and demonstrations from a wide range of academics and industry professionals including Prof. Trevor Cox (Uni.Salford), Adam Foxwell (Arup), Emma-Kate Matthews (UCL) and Freya Waley-Cohen (Royal Academy of Music), plus many more…

Please visit www.soundspacegroup.com to book your free ticket.

Decoration of Performance Space: Meaning and Ideology

Thirteenth symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts,
organized by the Centro studi per la ricerca documentale sul teatro e il melodramma europeo Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

Venice, 17–20 May 2016

Thinking of music performance, we usually consider the action happening on the theater or concert stage, in front of spectators. However, performance space surrounding the spectators, its interior and exterior architectural decoration, as well as fashion of spectators and their habits are also constituent elements of a performance, supplementing the experience of a live event. Decoration elements, such as mythological compositions painted on theater ceilings, state insignia placed above the proscenium, or portraits of distinguished playwrights, composers or performers on theatre facades reflect the attitudes of past times and ideologies of political powers patronizing performances; sculptures accumulated over the time in theaters’ foyers visually represent historical memory of the space becoming (national) shrines to performing arts. Theaters and other performance spaces are architectural artworks, often representing the pinnacle in artistic careers of their architects and interior designers, frequently appropriating the status of urban iconic symbols.

The conference will focus on visual programs and decorations of spaces in which musical performances occur and the self-representation of audiences attending performances. All types of performance venues and performances which include music should be considered, including concerts and music theatre, religious ceremonies, contemporary popular music events, urban spectacles, pageantries and parades. Proposals are invited concerning:

  • Architectural interior and exterior decorations of performance spaces
  • Reflections of political power presented in theatrical performances
  • Ideological context of religious rituals and their spaces
  • Political power demonstrated in public spectacles and parades
  • Theater and concert hall architecture
  • Spectators and audiences (habits, fashion, hair-styling, behavior)
  • Interpretation and issues concerning opera staging and scenography in general

English is preferred language for the conference presentations.
Abstracts of 200–300 words may be submitted before 15 February 2016 to:

Zdravko Blažeković
Research Center for Music Iconography
City University of New York, The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
zblazekovic@gc.cuny.edu

and

Maria Ida Biggi
Centro studi per la ricerca documentale sul teatro e il melodramma europeo
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
mariaida.biggi@cini.it

Neoclassical Reverberations of Discovering Antiquity

Twelfth conference of the ICTM Study Group for the Iconography of the Performing Arts

in collaboration with the Istituto per i beni musicali in Piemonte

will be held at the Archivio di Stato di Torino

Torino, 6–10 October 2014

With the discoveries of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the eighteenth century marked the birth of modern archaeological methods. The newly discovered Roman sites became a leading attraction for intellectuals travelling in Italy on the Grand Tour, and equally admired by royalty, young British students, or artists and musicians. On the other hand, Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign inspired the fashion of Egyptomania, which could be in its different forms traced back to antiquity. These new opportunities for the study of Mediterranean antiquity and the general fascination with it, made the ancient artistic vocabulary fashionable throughout Europe, and it was reflected in the most diverse aspects of nineteenth-century life, ranging from the decoration of public buildings and artistic and architectural styles, to fashion, furniture, and opera libretti. The conference aims to examine the influences and reflections of this new knowledge of antiquity on visual arts as related to music.

  • Music in neoclassical visual art
  • The impact of archaeological explorations at Pompeii and  Herculaneum
  • New visions of ancient musical life and myths
  • Public buildings decorated in the ancient Roman style
  • Music of ancient Egypt and North Africa as seen by Western artists
  • Antiquity in operatic scenography
  • Musical impressions by artists on Grand Tours

Free papers will be also considered

 

Abstracts of 200–300 words may be submitted before 1 May 2014 to:

Zdravko Blažeković

Research Center for Music Iconography

City University of New York,

The GraduateCenter

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY10016-4309

zblazekovic@gc.cuny.edu

Cristina Santarelli

Istituto per i beni musicali in Piemonte

Via Anton Giulio Barrili 7

10134 Torino

cristina.santarelli@tin.it

Further information will be posted at

http://www.ictmusic.org/group/iconography-performing-arts

and

http://www.ibmp.it/entrata.htm