Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dr. Peter Muir will be speaking at the ‘Sensing Architecture Symposium’ at the Royal Academy of Arts London



Dr. Peter Muir will be speaking at the ‘Sensing Architecture Symposium’ at the Royal Academy of Arts London: paper title: ‘Gordon Matta-Clark’s rhetoric of movement.’
A multidisciplinary symposium held in conjunction with Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, 29 March 2014
The exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined (25 January – 6 April 2014) challenges the assumed primacy of the visual in architecture through presenting seven immersive installations designed to resonate with the senses on a variety of levels. This symposium seeks to unpick and develop the ideas, issues, implications and assumptions the exhibition poses.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

http://open.academia.edu/PeterMuir 
Dr. Peter Muir will be speaking on the nature of the image at the symposium:

WHAT IMAGES DO

Symposium: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, March 19-21, 2014
Venue
Charlotteborg Palace
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Visual Arts
Kongens Nytorv 1
1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Paper titled: ‘The hollowness of the image’ (the image as an economy of attraction and evasion)

 WHAT IMAGES DO is organized by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art in collaboration with Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, NCCR Iconic Criticism ‘eikones’ in Basel and TU Delft.


 

 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect: Sculpture, Space, and the Cultural Value of Urban Imagery



I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of my new book on Gordon Matta-Clark. Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect: Sculpture, Space, and the Cultural Value of Urban Imagery, Matta-Clark: Hardback ISBN 978-1-4724-1173-0



Peter Muir

 

Peter Muir, Associate Lecturer, Open University, UK

  • Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect: Sculpture, Space, and the Cultural Value of Urban Imagery
  • In this in-depth analysis, Peter Muir argues that Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975) is emblematic of Henri Lefebvre’s understanding of art’s function in relation to urban space. By engaging with Lefebvre’s theory in conjunction with the perspectives of other writers, such as Michel de Certeau, Jacques Derrida, and George Bataille, the book elicits a story that presents the artwork’s significance, origins and legacies. Conical Intersect is a multi-media artwork, which involves the intersections of architecture, sculpture, film, and photography, as well as being a three-dimensional model that reflects aspects of urban, art, and architectural theory, along with a number of cultural and historiographic discourses which are still present and active. This book navigates these many complex narratives by using the central ‘hole’ of Conical Intersect as its focal point: this apparently vacuous circle around which the events, documents, and other historical or theoretical references surrounding Matta-Clark’s project, are perpetually in circulation. Thus, Conical Intersect is imagined as an insatiable absence around which discourses continually form, dissipate and resolve. Muir argues that Conical Intersect is much more than an ‘artistic hole.’ Due to its location at Plateau Beaubourg in Paris, it is simultaneously an object of art and an instrument of social critique.
  • Contents: Introduction; Materialising space and the search for origins; Articulating the void: the dematerialisation and re-materialisation of Conical Intersect; The art of self-effacement: interpreting Matta-Clark’s cuts; Waste value and the formless other; Conical Intersect as counter monument (the ‘non-u-ment’); On the closing and opening of other spaces; Of blindness and mediation; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
  • About the Author: Dr. Peter Muir is a Research Associate with MIRIAD (the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, UK.




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    Footage of the artwork can be found at the following sites:

    Monday, 26 November 2012

    Peter Muir Art Historian and Lecturer in Contemporary Art History



    Dr. Peter Muir Art Historian and Lecturer in Contemporary Art History: Research Profile


    http://open.academia.edu/PeterMuir 



    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Dr. Peter Muir will be speaking at the University of Copenhagen and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj

    Dr. Peter Muir will be speaking at the international interdisciplinary conference 'Migration, Memory and Place,' 5-7 December 2012 at the University of Copenhagen and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj.
    ‘Memory, Myth and Idealization in the work of Lubaina Himid’
    http://migrationandculture.ku.dk/migrationmemoryandplace/program/
    http://www.arken.dk/content/us/
    http://migrationandculture.ku.dk/documents/MMP_Panels_and_Abstracts_FINAL_WEB.pdf/

    Monday, 9 April 2012

    Peter Muir will be speaking on Jacob Epstein’s British Medical Association sculptural series











    Peter Muir will be speaking on Jacob Epstein’s British Medical Association sculptural series at the conference ‘Re-Writing Objects & Histories of Sculpture,’ The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (11-12 May 12)

    CONVERSION, ICONOCLASM AND REVOLUTIONThe discourse surrounding the traumatic events leading to the removal,transport and relocation of sculpture often centres on the acts ofdestruction associated with revolution and iconoclasm. However, thechanges resulting from re-use and conversion, whether spiritual,functional or symbolic, are as important to our understanding of theobjects and locations of sculpture in their surviving states as are therecords and physical traces of loss. This session approach issues raised by changes made to sculpture in situ, objects whose location has remained static whilst their function has been altered, and the disfigurement, dismemberment and disguise of sculpture in the face of radically shifting social and political contexts.

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R
    0RN, May 11 - 12, 2012
    http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2011/autumn/ThreeDimensions.shtml





    Photographs by Peter Muir






    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Shimon Attie's Writing on the Wall: History, Memory, Aesthetics: Book Review

    Shimon Attie's Writing on the Wall: History, Memory,
    Aesthetics: Book Review


    Peter Muir book review from PHILOSOPHY NOVEMBER 2010 VOLUME
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    Shimon Attie's "Writing on the Wall: History, Memory,
    Aesthetics

    Muir, an art historian and Open University lecturer, analyzes Shimon Attie's "Writing on the Wall" as installation in the Scheunenviertel of Berlin and as a photographic exhibit. These photographs of Jewish life in Berlin from the 1920s and 1930s were shown in 1992 projected upon the buildings by which they were originally taken. The images were then photographed. Muir bases his analysis on recent critical theory and Benjamin's "On the Concept of History." The metaphors of space and memory are employed to show the many layers of this work. Muir does not ignore the sense of tragedy deriving from the knowledge in the viewer that all these people and places were destroyed in the Holocaust. As a comparison to the evocative images from 1992, Muir includes his own pictures of the same sites, taken in 2009. He has created a fine
    explication of how art, historical context and emotion combine to project a meaning greater than any one component. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)