Landscapes of the Long 18th Century: Mediating Places, Powers and Pasts in South Asia and Beyond

Organisiert von Dipti Khera (NYU / Arthistories Fellow 2015/16) und Hannah Baader (Arthistories / KHI Florenz MPI)

June 21 - 23,
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstraße 14, 14193 Berlin

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

June 21, 6 pm
Evening Lecture:

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 on 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

Palastgarten vor Flusslandschaft; Albumblatt; Inventarnr. I 5005 fol. 10 -© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst

June 22-23, 2017

Landscapes of the Long 18th Century:
Mediating Places, Powers and Pasts in South Asia and Beyond

Please find the workshop programm here.

This workshop seeks to explore how painters, poets, historians and intellectuals have imagined landscapes and urbanisms in and of early modern South Asia, particularly over the course of the long eighteenth century. The mediation of memory and place in pictorial and literary practices in this time period was shaped by aesthetic, and philosophical ideas and an epistemic situation that had deeper genealogies in the subcontinent and the broader Asian and Islamic world. Nonetheless, images, moods and ideologies encapsulated in British landscape painting and colonial photography have constructed the dominant lens that has shaped historical inquiries into spatial imaginings in the South Asian context. The focus on the long eighteenth century enables us to establish conversations between the intersections, connections and comparisons that emerged in visual practices commissioned by diverse patrons from regional kings, Mughal emperors, trans-regional merchants, and British officers.

Lamia Balafrej (Arthistories Fellow 16-17; Wellesly College), Tim Barringer (Yale University), Chanchal Dadlani (Wake Forest University), Raffael Gadebusch (Museum for Asian Art, Berlin, SMB),
Lihong Liu (Rochester University), Monica Juneja (Universität Heidelberg), Venugopal Maddipati (Arthistories Fellow 16-17; Ambedkar University Delhi), Francesca Orsini (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), Sunil Sharma (Boston University), Yuthika Sharma (Edinburgh College of Art), Nobuko Toyosawa (Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences), Ning Yao (CAHIM Fellow 16-17).

Report about the workshop by Nobuko Toyosawa