Ways of Making. The Artist's Hand in Conceptual Practices

Friday 22 March 2019

HEAD – Genève
Room Georges-Addor
Building E
Avenue de Châtelaine 5
1203 Genève
Free entry

International Study Day with the support of SNF, Swiss National Science Foundation
Ways of Making. The Artist's Hand in Conceptual Practices

“The hand means action: it grasps, it creates, at times it would seem even to think.” It is unlikely that by restricting the scope that was until then attributed to the execution of artworks, artists from the 1960s intended to forsake this reflection on the hand which art historian Henri Focillon lauded in a text dating back to 1934. Rather, their declarations address artistic making when it does not coincide with manual labour. Shouldn’t we ascribe to the hand what is usually considered as the “conception” of the work? Conversely, aren’t there some art practices considered as conceptual even though they rely on manual labour and craftsmanship?

Accueil des participants

Julie Enckell Julliard, responsable du développement culturel, HEAD – Genève
Mot de bienvenue / Welcome

Modération / Session Chair : Ileana Parvu

Ileana Parvu, historienne de l’art, professeure HEAD - Genève 

Kim Charnley, art historian and philosopher, Senior Lecturer and MA Programme Leader, Plymouth College of Art 
Revisiting Skill in Conceptual Art: the 'Aesthetics of Administration' and Ian Burn

12:00 Pause / Break

Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, artist, Professor of Art at Baruch College, The City University New York 
Ersatz: Manual Reproductions of Industrial Products

13:15 Déjeuner / Lunch

Modération / Session Chair : Valérie Mavridorakis ; historienne de l’art, professeure, Sorbonne Université, Paris 


Anna Lovatt, art historian, Assistant Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas        
Drawing Degree Zero

Lindsay Aveilhé, editor, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné Artifex Press, New York
At the Discretion of the Drafter: Making Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings

16:30 Pause / Break

Pierre Leguillon, artiste, professeur, HEAD – Genève 
Handling as Learning 

Fin de la journée / End of the programme

Concept et organisation
Jean-Marie Bolay
Bénédicte le Pimpec
Valérie Mavridorakis
Ileana Parvu

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