8 Nov 2011

Forthcoming Arnold Dreyblatt Lecture: From the Archives: Installation and Performace 1990-2011

To mark the launch of the new Visual Culture programme at the University of Exeter, the first of five visiting speaker events throughout 2011/12 will be held on Wednesday November 23rd, 2.00-4.00pm. This event will take place on the University’s Streatham Campus, in the Queens Building, LT4.

The event will feature a talk by the artist Arnold Dreyblatt, entitled ‘From the Archives: Installation and Performance 1990-2011’.

Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is an American media artist and composer. He has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. In 2007, Dreyblatt was elected to lifetime membership in the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is Professor for Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany.
Dreyblatt's visual work creates complex textual and spatial visualizations for memory. His works, which reflect on such themes as recollection and the archive, include permanent works, digital room projections, dynamic textual objects and muti-layered lenticular text panels. His work been exhibited and staged in galleries, museums and public spaces such as the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Jewish Museum in New York; the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna and the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Permanent public art works are on display at the HL Holocaust Center in Oslo and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. He has received numerous commissions and awards including the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts and the Förderpreis der Akademie der Künste.

Dreyblatt will be speaking about his work from 1990 – 2011. He will take the audience through his processes and include still and moving image documentation.

The talk is free, but booking is essential, and can be made here: http://www.arnolddreyblattlecture.eventbrite.com/


  1. This sounds really interesting! Unfortunately I've already got something on then but I wondered if there's information on the other speaker events in the series? I'd love to combine one with a visit to the Bill Douglas Centre!

  2. Hi Kathryn--the line up of events is looking good this far--the next is on the 12th December (more details on venue/time etc to follow!):

    '"I cannot forget suffering, and I will not forget sunset": Aesthetic Experimentation in Horace Pippin's World War I Paintings and Sketches'

    Celeste-Marie Bernier

    12 December 2011

    Working to address the widespread neglect of African American artist, Horace Pippin, within European American as well as African American art history, this talk will recontextualise, retheorise and reexamine his life and works with a particular emphasis upon his World War I paintings and illustrations. More particularly, this talk will investigate his self-reflexive relationship to aesthetics, narrative, politics and history as he dramatised his 'life story of art' across diverse drawings, illustrations and oil paintings as well as his unpublished prose and correspondence. Serving as a combat soldier fighting in front line trenches and suffering from horrific, racist conditions, this lecture will examine Pippin's World War I paintings in depth not only to extrapolate further from his insistence that art was a way to exorcise his 'blue spells' but also to re-evaluate his work in relation to his declarations of artistic independence as he informed his sponsors, "Don't tell me how to paint." In this regard, this lecture will problematise popular representations of Pippin variously as an untutored naïf, a spiritual visionary and an indigenous painter in order to examine his significance as an artist, period.In forceful ways, Pippin's dramatic canvases and sketches bear witness to his powerful conviction, "I cannot forget suffering and I will not forget sunset." This project has very generously been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship for which I would like offer profound gratitude.