LOC Pool 11: Art & Book 

"Rome - Dimensions of the Book" (Study Trip to Rome, Italy)

How does a book become an artistic book? Is it its materiality or its artistic content?

These are questions of the summer school "Rome - Dimensions of the Book". It studies the temporal and spatial dimensions of books. We focus on Rome, the city that brings different layers of the history of the book together with contemporay artists exploring the "scrittura asemica", a movement which concentrates on material aspects. Recently their work was part of the MAMCO-Exhibition Writing by Drawing.
Nummer und TypMFA-MFA-Po00.21F.011 / Moduldurchführung
VeranstalterDepartement Fine Arts
LeitungProf. Dr. Nils Röller
Anzahl Teilnehmendemaximal 6
ECTS3 Credits
VoraussetzungenCourse language: English

Participation at preparatory meeting (2h)
LehrformSummer School: Excursion to Rome and Workshops

!! Under reservation and subject to COVID19:
Excursion to Rome
If traveling is not possible, this course will be canceled.

Group tutorials, excursions, lectures
ZielgruppenMA Fine Arts students only (not 2021 graduating students)

Not open for exchange students
Lernziele / KompetenzenIntercultural experience: the Summer School brings together artists, poets, researchers of cultural studies and philosophers

Learning about interdisciplinary practices in art and science and their different methods of research (artistic to scientific)
InhalteArtist Mirella Bentivoglio thematises the book as an object whose materiality proves fascinating. Her archive in Rome presents works on the threshold between historical avant-gardes and contemporary visual art and poetry. The Summer School explores temporal and spatial dimensions of books (form and materiality). The book has evolved from the scroll through the codex to the electronic book. The Summer School discusses Bentivoglia’s work and contemporary artworks in the historic centre of Rome to explore how artistic perception and production are intertwined with the dimensions of the book.

Partners of the Summer School:
Istituto Svizzero, Villa Maraini, Roma
Accademia delle Belle Arti, Roma
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università La Sapienza, Roma

About the lecturer:

Dr. Nils Röller is Professor for Media and Cultural Theory. In his practice he explores contemporary poetic strategies (romanform.ch). His current Research Project focusses on Visual Philosophy (iconographyofphilosophy.ch).
Bibliographie / LiteraturBellini, Andrea/Lombardi, Sarah (ed.), Writing by Drawing. When Language Seeks Its Other (English version) (Milan: Skira, 2020) ISBN 9788857243504
Birt, Theodor, Die Buchrolle in der Kunst – Archäologisch-Antiquarische Untersuchungen zum antiken Buchwesen. Leipzig : Teubner, 1907
Johanna Drucker, Graphesis: visual forms of knowledge production (Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2014 (metaLABprojects))
Jabès, Edmond, The Book of Resemblances 2 - Intimiations - The Desert (translated by Rosmarie Waldrop, Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1978)
Wasserman, Krystyna, The book as art : artists' books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts ( with essays by Johanna Drucker and Audrey Niffenegger. New York, N.Y. : Princeton Architectural Press, 2007)
Leistungsnachweis / Testatanforderung100 % attendance

CW 26 / 27: 04 - 11 Juli
Bewertungsformbestanden / nicht bestanden
BemerkungPlease note:
The accommodation at Villa Maraini in Rome is organized and covered by Istituto Svizzero. A travel support of 50% (max. up to 250CHF, economy return Switzerland-Rome-Switzerland) will be granted for the participating students.
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