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Friday, November 20, 2009

CONF: The Story of Things (Manchester, 29 Jan 20)

CONFERENCE: The Story of Things: reading narrative in the visual
PLACE: Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
DATE: Friday 29th January, 2010

The production, consumption and interpretation of narratives in visual
form is central to contemporary cultures. Within this context, the notion
of narrative finding expression in the visual can be traced, for example,
in the growth of the graphic novel form, the positioning of cinema as
subject matter for art practice and the persistence of the artist's book
as an art form. Visual narratives demand specific forms of readerly
interaction and critical response. They require a shift of reading focus
from text to text-and-image or to image-only, and therefore require
different critical apparatus and analytical skills.

This one day conference will investigate the reading of narrative in
visual contexts, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches in addressing
the following ideas:

- Object as catalyst: the potential for narrative within the artefact.

- Visualising the remembered narrative: archetype, biography, autobiography.

- Authoring and reading the sequential narrative: linear and non-linear
approaches.

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Allmer - Relating the Story of Things supported
by REACT - www.creativetechnology.salford.ac.uk/react
<http://www.creativetechnology.salford.ac.uk/react> .

More about Patricia Allmer

Patricia Allmer is curator of Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and
Surrealism at Manchester Art Gallery. She is Research Fellow in the
Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design
(MIRIAD) at MMU and has published widely on different aspects of art
theory. More information available at www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/profile/pallmer
<http://www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/profile/pallmer> .

Registration Fee: £30 (£15 concession)

To book, or if you have any enquiries regarding the conference please
contact Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller at J.Carson@salford.ac.uk
<mailto:J.Carson@salford.ac.uk> or on +44 (0) 161 295 6712.

This conference is hosted by artists Carson & Miller with support from
University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University Special
Collections.

More about Carson & Miller

Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller have collaborated since 2000. Their
practice is driven by their need to tell and re-tell stories; recent work
has increasingly used the book and game playing as methods for
collaboration. More information available at
www.carsonandmiller.blogspot.com.

For more information about Manchester Metropolitan University Special
Collections please go to www.specialcollections.mmu.ac.uk
<http://www.specialcollections.mmu.ac.uk/> .

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