Sculpture’s Artificial Intelligence: Theory and Technology ca. 1900
Friday, Apr 21, 2023
5:15pm / Wing lecture room
The late 1830s witnessed the near-simultaneous announcement of two inventions that would redefine the relationship between art and industry in the decades to follow: word of the first photographic processes reached the international scientific community from France and England, while the innovation of electrotyping (a method of metal casting using electricity) was ultimately credited as an achievement of Prussian engineering.
This lecture explores the profound consequences these technologies had on the definition and perception of sculpture in the late nineteenth century. In an age of mass reproduction, what hold did historical sculptural monuments have on bodily integrity, and could they still be relied upon to convey ideas about the past into present experience?
Megan R. Luke is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California and Professor and Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Tübingen.