8th hybrid conference: Alexander Nagel
The glass under water, the form that seems a form seen in a Mirror
Monday, May 12th 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
31 rue d’Ulm
Alexander Nagel is an american professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of the University of New-York. His seminar explores mirrorings between late medieval love poetry and religious art and early twentieth-century modernisms.
Cimabue shows the way to modern art for Alfred Jarry and Guillaume Apollinaire. Georges Méliès shoots a rocket from the Middle Ages to the moon. The age of electric light and telecommunication, Ezra Pound hopes, will bring back Cavalcanti’s radiant bodies. Blaise Cendrars sees planes taking off from the gold ground of an altarpiece. André Breton insists that the Demoiselles d’Avignon be revered like Cimabue’s Madonna.
All these writers found inspiration in Remy de Gourmont, who envisioned an "infinity of new pairings to be undone by a new operation, until new connections, always equivocal and fragile, will form again."