Lecture, June 21, 6 p.m.

Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstraße 14, 14193 Berlin

Jeff Wall, Restoration, 1993, transparency in lightbox, 119.0 x 489.6 cm, Courtesy of the artist.

The Panorama as Global Landscape

Tim Barringer (Yale University)

The painted panorama, a visual technology that emerged during a period of world political
crisis in the 1790s, is an immersive technology in which paying members of the
public viewed the work from a central platform. The aspiration to create a limitless vision
of landscape led to fundamental departures from the conventions of painting. This
laterally extended format became fashionable – contemporaries detected panoramania
– and had an immediate impact compositional strategies in easel paintings of landscape
subjects. This lecture argues that the panorama is a founding visual technology
of modernity, and that the contest of empires between 1789 and 1815 was the catalyst
for its global spread. The lecture explores the political and aesthetic implications of the
representation of imperial peripheries in the metropolis, and of the spread of panoramic
paintings across the world.

Please register: arthistories@trafo-berlin.de