CONFERENCE

”Preparing the Way II : the representation of the image of John the Baptist”

venerdì 21 giugno  10.00-13.00

The British Institute of Florence

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Mostra - Convegno - Musica - Visita

© John Hoenig 2013

SYMPOSIUM

"Come andare avanti?
the way forward"


venerdì 21 giugno  14.00-16.00

The British Institute of Florence

An open platform for both arts practitioners and the public to exchange ideas for developing the festival.

There will also be the chance to meet the San Giovanni
artists and musicians to discuss their inspiration

and working practice.

We invite all Florentines to participate in this

exciting Forum - in Italian and English.


Co-chaired by Antonio Artese and John Hoenig.

Sala Ferragamo
Harold Acton Library
Lungarno Guicciardini 9


in Italian & English

proceeds to benefit the Cultural Programme

Guest Speakers:

Federico Maria Sardelli

Direttore, musicologo, compositore, flautista

pittore, incisore ed autore satirico

www.modoantiquo.com

Kate Bolton M.Phil

Music and Cultural Historian

New York University,
Scuola Lorenzo de’Medici

Samantha Stout M.Sc.

on behalf of Prof. Maurizio Seracini

Salome Unveiled: Changing attitudes to dance

in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

through the figure of Salome.”


Between the 11th and 16th centuries, images and descriptions of Salome show her at first as a wild “corybant” in league with the devil, a low-class acrobat, shameless entertainer or seductive Venus, while later she emerges as a graceful nymph, an innocent and elegant girl and, ultimately, a serious and saintly young woman. Drawing on a range of sources, including the Bible, contemporary writings, dance treatises, liturgical drama, music and musical instruments, frescoes, paintings and sculpture, this talk relates the many faces of Salome to the complex and often ambiguous attitudes to dance and dance music during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Kate Bolton

teaches Cultural History and Baroque and Classical Music at New York University in Florence, as well as Italian culture and music courses at the Institute Lorenzo de’Medici where she is an adjunct professor for Marist College, USA.  Before moving to Italy in 2007, she was Senior Producer for BBC Arts and Classical Music, and the Artistic Director of the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London.  She was also artistic advisor for the international York Early Music Festival, one of the Board of Directors of the UK’s Early Music Network, part of the Arts Council of Great Britain, and a council member of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society.


She has published extensively as an academic, a critic and a journalist, is currently a regular contributor and critic for the publication BBC Music and was for several years on the editorial board of OUP’s academic journal Early Music.

Dr. Antonio Artese, DMA

Executive Director

ISI Florence



ANTONIO ARTESE, pianist and composer. He is the Executive Director of the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai.  After receiving a Diploma in piano performance from the Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, he studied Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Chieti, Italy, and subsequently branched into musicology at the University of Bologna. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance by the University of California at Santa Barbara. Active performer, he has recorded several albums and played in prestigious festivals and venues in the United States and in Europe. Dr. Artese is the Artistic Director of the Festival Adriatico delle Musiche and founder of the Renaissance Then and Now Program in Florence.

John Hoenig, BDA

Founder & Artistic Director
Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista



John Hoenig was born in London, educated at Haileybury College and began his theatre career with the National Theatre at the Old Vic. After moving to Australia, he gained a BDA in Technical Production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.


After 30 years in Sydney as a lighting designer and stage director, John relocated to Florence in order to study art history and develop inter-disciplinary theatrical, musical and art-historical presentations to be staged in authentic locations.


John is currently undertaking Renaissance and Mannerist research at museum libraries in Florence and London. He presents guest lectures and continues to produce ephemeral events in conjunction with his colleagues i Buontalenti.

Federico Maria Sardelli

fonda nel 1984 l'orchestra barocca Modo Antiquo con cui svolge attività concertistica in tutta Europa sia in veste di solista che di direttore, presente nei maggiori festivals di musica antica. È ospite delle maggiori sale d’Europa, come il Concertgebouw di Amsterdam o il Théâtre des Champs-Elysées di Parigi. Maestro Sardelli è direttore principale ospite dell'Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. Sardelli incide per Naïve e Deutsche Grammophon. Ha al suo attivo più di quaranta incisioni discografiche, sempre in veste direttore e di solista.


Maetsro Sardelli è un protagonista della rinascita del teatro musicale vivaldiano dei nostri tempi: sue sono le prime rappresentazioni, incisioni ed edizioni mondiali di numerose opere vivaldiane inedite.


Dal luglio 2007 ha continuato la monumentale opera di catalogazione della musica di Antonio Vivaldi e da quel momento Sardelli è il responsabile del Vivaldi Werkverzeichnis (RV).  Nel 2012 è apparso il suo Catalogo delle concordanze musicali vivaldiane (Fondaz. G. Cini/Olschki). Nel 2012 ha inciso in prima mondiale le ultime 8 scoperte vivaldiane (New Discoveries II, Naïve) e diretto in prima mondiale il nuovo Orlando Furioso di Vivaldi da lui riscoperto e ricostruito (Festival di Beaune, disco Naïve).


Il 28 novembre 2009 la Regione Torscana lo ha insignito, «per l'eclettismo artistico e lo spessore culturale evidenti», della sua più alta onorificenza, il Gonfalone d'Argento.

 

Samantha Stout

received the Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in 2010, followed by the Master of Science degree in the same discipline at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2011.  Ms. Stout currently continues her studies in the Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program at UCSD, and is a NSF-IGERT graduate trainee at the Center of Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3), a one of a kind research collaborative founded by Dr. Maurizio Seracini in 2007.  


She is a member of the research team featured in the National Geographic Society documentary "Da Vinci Decoded: Finding the Lost da Vinci" which chronicled the endoscopic investigations carried out in 2011 in the search for “The Battle of Anghiari”.  Samantha is advised directly by Prof. Maurizio Seracini and her dissertation research is working to develop repeatable methodologies for the assessment of the state of conservation for cultural heritage artifacts.  Her interests include connecting imaging diagnostics with non-destructive chemical analysis; working to encourage collaborative efforts between museum entities and university researchers; and outreach efforts which can help to convey the role of scientific analysis to diverse audiences for applications in art history, museum exhibits, conservation and preservation.

"Tra antico e contemporaneo.

Continuità e comunicatività delle forme."


L'arte  ha bisogno di un medium formale che stabilisca un ponte comunicativo tra l'artista e il suo pubblico. Per secoli, ogni arte si è caratterizzata per il tramandarsi di modelli e forme entro i quali ogni artista inseriva dei cambiamenti dovuti alla sua personalità, ma senza rinnegare del tutto il lascito della tradizione. Dopo il Novecento, secolo che più d'ogni altro ha sancito la rottura con la tradizione, l'arte ha bisogno di recuperare il suo legame con le forme ereditate, per svilupparle in un senso nuovo. L'autore, che è ugualmente pittore e compositore, mostra, attraverso la sua esperienza, come questo recupero sia possibile e proficuo.

This talk will present a window into the practice of diagnostic evaluation of works of art for state of conservation and authenticity assessments presented with the theme of the Festival of San Giovanni Battista as the primary focus.  Maurizio Seracini has examined over 2500 works of art since founding Editech (Centro Diagnostico per i Beni Artistici e Architettonici: electronics, diagnostics, and technology) in 1977.  Seracini is also the founder of CISA3 (Center of Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture, and Archaeology) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), established in 2007 to train Ph.D. students in the development of new engineering technologies and methodologies geared to apply the latest technical advancements to the analysis of cultural heritage artefacts. 


The presentation will take a look within several famous works of San Giovanni Battista, taking them down to their essence, exposing their material nature, in addition to the raw hand of the artist.  We shall be able to peer below the surface, revealing imagery never before shown in a public setting, acquired through the diagnostic exams carried out by Seracini, and Editech SRL.  This involves new mobile applications where one can interact directly with the research.

"Seen in a Fresh Light: Merging Art & Science. Classic works of San Giovanni Battista as examined by Maurizio Seracini, Editech SRL."

Consolato Generale
degli Stati Uniti d’America
Firenze, Italia