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Virtual Lecture: Reverse Perspective, the Politics of Space, and Contemporary Art Practice: On a book and exhibition

Thursday, February 17, 12:00pm EST

In partnership with the Eurasia in Global Dialogue Programme at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, this lecture will explore “reverse perspective,” the theory of space in icons. The Russian icon became the alternative model to Renaissance perspectivism and the Enlightenment project of modernity. The three speakers, Dr. Clemena Antonova, Dr. Volkmar Mühleis, and Wim Goes, will revisit this theory by drawing attention to a recent book Reverse Perspective and the exhibition Icons for Our Time. The speakers will show the continuing relevance of the politics of space in contemporary art practice the background of present-day calls for the decolonization of art and culture.

Presenter Biographies

Clemena Antonova (b. 1970) is an art historian, working on aspects of the art of the icon with a focus on principles of organizing pictorial space. Among her latest publications are her book Visual Thought in Russian Religious Philosophy: Pavel Florensky’s Theory of the Icon (Routledge, 2020) and her contribution, “The Icon and the Visual Art at the Time of the Russian Religious Renaissance,” to the Oxford Handbook of Russian Religious Thought (OUP, 2020). At present, she is the Research Director of the Eurasia in Global Dialogue Programme at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Wim Goes (b. 1969) is a practicing architect leading Wim Goes Architectuur. Their projects have been featured in the Belgian Pavilion of the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (IT), the 2016 Triennale in Viserum (SE), the Royal Academy of Arts in London (UK), the former building of the Ministry of Education in Rio de Janeiro (BR) and in exhibitions at universities such as ETH Zurich (CH), and at the Victoria University in Wellington (NZ). Wim Goes currently teaches at Sint-Lucas, Ghent, and Brussels (Dpt. of Architecture, KULeuven).

Volkmar Mühleis (b. 1972) is teaching philosophy and aesthetics at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels and Ghent. His recent publications include Girl with Dead Bird – Intercultural Observations (Leuven/Cornell University Press, 2018) and a contribution to the Routledge Companion of Performance Philosophy (2020). He is a member of the German Society for Aesthetics, the Society for Intercultural Philosophy, and a reviewer for the Philosophische Rundschau.