Sunday, January 1, 2012

Seminar The Tableau Form: methodology and composition Jean-François Chevrier


The Tableau Form: methodology and composition

Jean-François Chevrier

BA/MA/PhD Fine Art

Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross room B301

Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2011.

For many years Jean François Chevrier’s writing and curatorial work has occupied an important discursive position in relation to artistic practice and literature and in particular in terms of photography, historically as well as in relation to contemporary practices. Since 1988 he has been a professor at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Among his recent publications is a monograph on Jeff Wall (2006) and seven volumes of collected writings to be published by L’Arachnéen between 2010 - 2013.

He will be presenting a paper as part of the Tableau: Painting Photo Object conference (which is a collaboration between CSM and Tate Modern) taking place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2011. As preparation for this paper he will be giving this 3 day seminar that is open to BA, MA, Mres and PhD students from the School of Art. This reflects his belief that pedagogy is a fundamental and active aspect of his research methodology. Spaces will be limited and booking is essential.

The seminar is composed of 3 distinct sections:

1. A session that discusses the idea of tableau form in terms of questions of composition.

2. A session entitled methodology exploring the underlying logic of the seminars in terms of ‘empirical method’. This session will include references to French literature but all the session will take place in English.

3. A session that is a discussion about, and in front, of student works.

The seminar cycle will take place over 3 days in the following configuration:

Tuesday 18 October 2011

10.30: seminar 1, part 1

14.00: seminar 2, part 1

Wednesday 19 October 2011

10.30: seminar 1, part 2

14.00: seminar 3 (group crit),, part 1

Thursday 20 October 2011

10.30: seminar 2, part 2

14.00: seminar 3 (group crit), part 2

There will be a core group of 12 students who will have to attend all the sessions and will also present work for discussion in the crit sessions in section 3 of the seminar. In addition to this group other students are invited to book for sessions as audience, either for the entire cycle or for individual days. All the seminars will take place in the MA Hub (room B301) on the 3rd floor of the Kings Cross site in which there is seating capacity for 60.

This seminar is part of the Tableau Project. For further information on past activities visit where you will find videos of the presentations from the research component of the project.

The Conference at Tate Modern, taking place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2011, will be in 2 parts.

· Day 1 will have keynote presentations by Philip Armstrong, Fulvia Carnevale (a member of Claire Fontaine), Jean-François Chevrier, Michael Fried and Michael Newman.

· Day 2 will be a presentation of research papers attached to the project that are a product of the Tableau Project’s research seminars. These will be given by Moyra Derby, Adi Efal, Françis Gaube, Atsuhide Ito, Cédric Loire and Andrea Medjesi Jones. Further information on the Tate Modern event can be found at: .

Booking for this event is strongly advised at:

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