From loss to survivals: on the reconstruction and transmissions of artistic gestures

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Call for Publications
March 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts

From loss to survivals: on the reconstruction and transmissions of artistic gestures

In 2009, the exhibition An image may hide another image at the Grand Palais in Paris, looked at the ‘double-image’ in the realm of the fine arts.  A basket of fruits might reveal a woman’s face, a group of naked bodies might reveal a skull, landscapes might unveil anthropomorphic features. The display reflected on hidden images and the superposition of visions. In a reflection on the Greek tragedy published in 2012, William Marx pondered on the remoteness of the dramatic genre, known to us through highly fragmentary sources. To try and gain some access to the forgotten world of Greek tragedy, William Marx pointed to the Noh theatre in the Japanese tradition. Through a displacement of the focal lenses from the integrity of the text to a comparative reflection on the performative act, the author could unearth crucial indications enabling a possible reconstruction of the genre’s poetical specificity. Albeit distant in space and time, the actors of the Noh theatre could provide unique clues as to the nature of the Greek experience.

For the fifth Volume of Intervalla, Franklin’s University Switzerland interdisciplinary journal, we welcome papers that combine these two explorations in order to reflect on the reconstruction and transmission of gestures in artistic practices. We are particularly interested in purposeful reconstructions and reinventions of the artistic gesture, where it has been partly or completely lost, as well as in surreptitious modes of gestural transmissions, where a superposition of past over present practices takes place. Studies can choose to focus on gestures as representational forms, in say the movements of the performer, the dancer, the painter, the musician; or on on gestures as craft, textures of knowledge underlying the process of creation. All artistic fields may be considered, such as the performative arts, music, dance, theatre, but also painting and sculpture, architectural practices, drawing… Through this exploration, we aim to contribute to a reflection on the underlayers of artistic heritage, where the practices and bodies of the past survive and merge into those of the present.     

The editors of this Intervalla issue welcome proposals of 300 words, to be sent by the 15th of March 2017 to Gabriel Gee (Franklin University, CH, Notice of acceptance will be sent by the beginning of April 2017. Articles ranging between 5000 and 6000 words will have to be submitted by the end of July 2017.


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The editor in charge of the Intervalla issue Volume 5 (2017) is Gabriel Gee, Assistant Professor in art history, Franklin University, Switzerland. Any enquiries can be addressed directly at

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