Event: Coding and Representation, 20th – 21st January

Coding and Representation


Friday 20 January 2017
10749-tissot-last-eve-shipboard-1873crop-600x6006:20 pm – 9:00 pm

with registration from 18.00

Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE, WC2R 0RN

Saturday 21 January 2017
10:45 am – 6:45 pm

with registration from 10.00

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Contributors to the conference:

  • Caroline Arscott: Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Duncan Bell: Political Thought, Cambridge University
  • Tilly Blyth: Head of Collections, Science Museum, London
  • Grace Brockington: Art History, Bristol University
  • Gail Day: Cultural Studies, Leeds University
  • Mary Ann Doane: University of California-Berkeley
  • David Edgerton: History of Science, King’s College London
  • Elizabeth Edwards: History of Photography, Emerita, De Montfort University
  • Steve Edwards: History and Theory of Photography, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Kate Flint: Art History, University of Southern California
  • Matthew Kerr: English Literature, Southampton University
  • Mark Miodownik: Engineering, University College London
  • Clare Pettitt: English Literature, King’s College London
  • Richard Taws: Art History, University College London

Organised by

  • Prof. Caroline Arscott: The Courtauld. Institute of Art
  • Prof. Clare Pettitt: King’s College London

This interdisciplinary conference examines the way that coding and representation are enmeshed.  Cultural instances will be examined from the nineteenth century to the present.  Fine art, graphic imagery, film and photography, literature, scientific concepts and political form will be considered.  In an era of electrical, and eventually digital, communication, the use of codes and machine code in transmission became ubiquitous.  The conference considers representation in this broad range of categories in the light of the constraints and possibilities of code.  This conference coincides with the last few days of the exhibition currently on at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London ‘Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy’. Those attending the conference will have the chance to view the exhibition on Friday evening, after the opening keynote paper to be given at the Guildhall Art Gallery by Mary Ann Doane (author of  The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency and the Archive, 2002).  The second day of the conference is held at The Courtauld Institute for Art with a concluding keynote paper by Gail Day (author of Dialectical Passions: Negation and Postwar Art Theory, 2010) and Steve Edwards (author of Martha Rosler, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems, 2012).

We are grateful for the generous support of the AHRC; the McDougall Fund; King’s College London, Faculty Research Committee; and Media History.

The exhibition and conference emerge from the 2013-17 research project, ‘Scrambled Messages: the Telegraphic Imaginary 1857-1900’.  We acknowledge the generosity of the AHRC in funding this research.

Ticket / entry details:

£26 (General public) and £16 students, Courtauld staff and concessions (over 60). Limited free tickets available for current Courtauld students. Booking required.

Ticket holders will be entitled 50% discount (£4.75) to The Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection and temporary exhibition on Saturday 21 January. Tickets will be valid throughout the day. Student and Art Fund tickets are £4.

For full programme and booking details, follow link.



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