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DHC Lecture with Whitney Davis

Apr 27, 2016 | 06:30 PM

Whitney Davis

(University of California, Berkeley)

A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality

The magnificent cave paintings at Chauvet, Altamira, and elsewhere depict great animals – bison, lions, and so on. But do they make them 'present' beyond depiction – as virtual beings in the immersive visual space of the caves? With reference to these challenging prehistoric examples, the lecture examines the relationship – the tension – between the 'presence' of things depicted and the 'presence' of the depictive process itself, engaging a fundamental question in the anthropology of images and the iconology of depiction.

Please also note the Workshop "Towards a Post-Culturalist Art History" with Whitney Davis on the following day. Please find further information here.

Time & Location

Apr 27, 2016 | 06:30 PM

Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin
Raum J 32/102