A RESEARCH FORUM
PARIS SORBONNE and MAISON FRANÇAISE D’OXFORD
PARIS SORBONNE– OXFORD UNIVERSITY- MAISON FRANÇAISE D’OXFORD–
This research field has been developed over the years from a background in history of ideas and art history to a recent interest in environmental culture, sustainability, and digital humanities.
Our research is conducted in connection particularly with the French research unit Histoire Culturelle des jardins et du paysage (Centre André Chastel , Paris Sorbonne, Hervé Brunon) and the British Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) in Bath (notably Marion Harney) and the Hestercombe Centre for Art, Landscape and the Environment.
The evening will begin with a tour of the current Hestercombe Gallery exhibitions ‘Arcadia’ the culmination of Bayliss’ summerlong residency and ‘Wish You
Were Here?’ artist postcards from Jeremy Cooper’s collection.
In the subsequent talk Bayliss reveals his conflicting feelings about becoming a landscape painter. He discusses the limitations and freedoms of a romantic or picturesque approach to landscape, in relation to both tourist art in the South West and the landscape gardens at Hestercombe. Through considering the work made during his residency Bayliss also describes his exploration of personal and artistic identity through painterly connection to place.
Châtel will follow with a talk ‘In and Out of Landscape – Eighteenth-Century Virtual Reality Experiences’ which describes how tricky the notion of the ‘picturesque’ was in the eighteenth century. This is not with a pedantic academic intent at linguistic clarification, but with a view to transferring us back to eighteenth century visual and mental habits, showing how men and women at the time used and perceived the picturesque.
Châtel will point to the new technologies which today enable us to digitally obtain an experience of ‘virtual reality’ not altogether alien to their own experiences of imagination, fancy and virtuality within gardens back in the 1750s, such as at Hestercombe.
A discussion chaired by Hestercombe curator Tim Martin will conclude the evening.
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