Registration Open – (Un)Like: Life Writing and Portraiture, c.1700-the present, King’s College London, 3 May 2019

(Un)Like: Life Writing and Portraiture, c.1700-the present, King’s College London, 3 May 2019

This one day conference explores the different layers of likeness in portraiture and life writing in Europe, from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the present day. Subjects include authors, inventors, painters, self-painters and selfie-takers, robots, realists, surrealists, expressionists and others, from literature, painting, photography and film. How does the concept of likeness appear, converge and change across these instances of portraying and portraiture?

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Image: Marie Denise Villers, “Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes” (1801) © The MET, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917


Registration & coffee 8.30-9

Welcome & Introduction: Clare Brant 9-9.15

PANEL 1 9.15-10.30

Franziska Gygax Portraying (in) Language: Gertrude Stein’s Literary Portraits

Max Saunders Alfred Cohen

Alex Belsey Maintaining Distance: Techniques of Removal and Depersonalisation in the Work of Keith Vaughan.

PANEL 2 10.30-11.20

Nadja Gernalzick Queerly (Un)Recognizable: Jerome Hill’s Film Portrait

Darragh O’Donoghue Auto/biography in the work of disabled artist Stephen Dwoskin

Coffee 11.20-11.35

PANEL 3/round table 11.35-12.15

Tim Gorichanaz Self-Portraiture: A Conceptual Exploration

Eliza Maureen Altenhof Describing one’s self, depicting one’s self: the self-portrait in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts in the Context of Illness and Death

Ksenia Gusarova Posing as Oneself: Normativity and Individuality in Current Photographic practice

PANEL 4 12.15-1.15

Santiago Gonzales Villajos Portraying Miguel de Cervantes: an Enlightenment’s Task and its Factual Deconstruction

Emrys Jones The Portrait on the Screen: Film Narrative and Eighteenth-Century Art

Sofya Dmitrieva Fancy Picture / Sujet de Caprice: Defining the Genrein the Eighteenth-Century European Painting

Lunch 1.15-2

PANEL 5 2-3.15

Claudine van Hensbergen Behn’s Elusive Likeness: Portraiture’s Place in the Biographical Account

Olivia Ferguson ‘The Worst Part of Wordsworth’: Intimacy, Accuracy, and the Author Portrait in the Romantic Period

Leigh Wetherall Dickson Painting Celebrity: Capturing the Character of Lady Caroline Lamb

PANEL 6/round table 3.15-4.30

Julian North Portraits for the People: Margaret Gillies’s Portrait of Charles Dickens

Alba Campo Rosillo The Medium Makes Publicity: Materiality in The Inventor Portrait by George Peter Alexander Healy

Judith Stapleton William Orpen: Imitation and Likeness in Early-Twentieth-Century Constructions of the Self

Ana Belén Martinéz García Portraying the Activist: Likeness as/in Intermedia Practice

Tea 4.30-5

PANEL 7 5 – 6.15

David Veltman Felix de Boeck

Martin Schieder The Non-Pictorial Portrait: Armans Portrait-robot d’Iris Clert (1960)

Teresa Brus Increase and Excess in Portraiture: S. I. Witkiewicz


Discussion led by Kerstin Pahl 6.30-7.30

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