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Rhythms and Resonances

Sounding Objects in the Middle Ages

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Published on Thursday, April 28, 2022 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Music, rhythmical sounds, noise: the objects that produce real and metaphorical resonance are the focus of this conference – from the harp to the mill wheel, from the human body to the heart of God. As movable and moving objects, images and image carriers, as literary motifs, as bridges between rhythm and ornament, they will be discussed from the perspectives of art history, literary studies, and history.

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Presentation

Music, rhythmical sounds, noise: the objects that produce real and metaphorical resonance are the focus of this conference – from the harp to the mill wheel, from the human body to the heart of God. As movable and moving objects, images and image carriers, as literary motifs, as bridges between rhythm and ornament, they will be discussed from the perspectives of art history, literary studies, and history.

Programme

May 18 – Wednesday

2 pm Welcome and introduction

  • Philippe Cordez (German Center for Art History – DFK Paris)
  • Joanna Olchawa (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
  • Rebecca Müller (Universität Heidelberg)

Sound and Silence

Chair: Vincent Debiais (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)

  • 2:45–3:30 pm When the ‘Bell Flies to Rome’. The Sounds of Darkness and the Liturgy of Tenebrae in the Middle Ages, Valentina Baradel (Università degli Studi di Padova)
  • 3:30–4:15 pm Das psalmodierte Bild: Die Ikonen Roms als sakrale Klangräume, ca. 900–1200, Manfred Luchterhandt (Universität Göttingen)

4:15 pm Break

  • 4:45–5:30 pm The Silence of Carolingian Art, William J. Diebold (Reed College, Portland)
  • 6 pm Evening lecture Images sonores : la cloche médiévale comme objet visuel, Christian Freigang (Freie Universität Berlin)

7 pm Reception

May 19 – Thursday

Resonating Bodies

Chair: Rebecca Müller (Universität Heidelberg)

  • 9:30–10:15 am Klangkörper: Objekt und Bild, Heike Schlie (Paris Lodron-Universität Salzburg)
  • 10:15–11 am, Die Stimme im Objekt. Repräsentation, Inszenierung, Klang Joanna Olchawa (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

11 am Break

Sound and Body

  • Chair: Rebecca Müller (Universität Heidelberg)
  • 11:30 am–12:15 pm Rhythms of the God and Resonances of the King: A Study of Ankle Bells in the Medieval South Indian Classical Dance Tradition, Gayathri Iyer (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • 12:15–1 pm Klimpern und Rasseln. Der Klang spätmittelalterlicher Schützenketten, Irina Dudar (Universität zu Köln)

1 pm Lunch Break

Musical Objects

Chair: Joanna Olchawa (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

  • 3–3:45 pm Bulles, cloches, orgue et vielle à roue : voir et entendre les objets sonores du roi David au XIIIe siècle Martine Clouzot (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)
  • 3:45–4:30 pm Das Herz Gottes als tönendes Musikinstrument – Gotteserfahrung im Klang als rhetorisches Konzept in der Mystik des Zisterzienserinnenklosters zu Helfta im 13. Jahrhundert, Dennis Disselhoff (Universität Heidelberg)

4:30 pm Break

The Noise of Weapons

Chair: Joanna Olchawa (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

  • 5–5:45 pm Minnesang, Gottesdonner, Höllenlärm. Die Sprachen der Kanone im Spätmittelalter, Raphael Stepken (Technische Universität Chemnitz)
  • 5:45–6:30 pm “a wonder breme noyse”: The Sounds of Weapons in Middle English Romance, Richard Newhauser (Arizona State University, Tempe)

6:30 pm End of the Day

May 20 – Friday

Rhythm and Text

Chair: Philippe Cordez (German Center for Art History – DFK Paris)

  • 9:30–10:15 am Meules et moulins dans la littérature médiévale : itération et circularité du son Jean-Marie Fritz (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)
  • 10:15–11 am The Rhythm of Shafts – Pattern Notations of Complex Weaves from the Medieval Islamic World Corinne Mühlemann (Københavns Universitet)

11 am Break

Rhythm and Performance

Chair: Philippe Cordez (German Center for Art History – DFK Paris)

  • 11:30 am–12:15 pm Reassuring Rhythms, Spherical Harmony, and Cosmic Order. Toward a Reevaluation of Medieval Handwarmers, Robert Vogt (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
  • 12:15–1 pm Organology of a Rollean Soundbook: Resounding Cambridge University Library MS Dd.5.64, part 3, Andrew Albin (Fordham University, New York)

1 pm Lunch Break

  • 2–2:45 pm The Sound of Seven Planets and Seven Metals – The ‘Alchemical Handbell’ of Emperor Rudolf II, Corinna Gannon (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

Final Discussion

  • 2:45–3:30 pm Conclusions Jean-Claude Schmitt (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)

3:30 pm End

Practical information

German Center for Art History – DFK Paris

45, rue des Petits-Champs

75001 Paris

Online access: links at https://dfk-paris.org/de/node/3295

Places

  • Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art - DFK Paris - 45, rue des Petits Champs
    Paris, France (75001)

Event format

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • Friday, May 20, 2022

Keywords

  • rythm, resonance, object, sound, art, history

Contact(s)

  • Philippe Cordez
    courriel : pcordez [at] dfk-paris [dot] org

Information source

  • Philippe Cordez
    courriel : pcordez [at] dfk-paris [dot] org

To cite this announcement

« Rhythms and Resonances », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Thursday, April 28, 2022, https://calenda.org/990984

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