Kurt Schwitters MerzHerbst Autumn School
INVITATION TO THE 2016 GUEST LECTURE
'The Afterlife of Dada'
Professor Michael White
Head of History of Art, University of York
Saturday, October 8th, at the Merz Barn
Autumn School Programme
Friday 7 - Sunday 9 October, 2016
The Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Cumbria LA22 9JB
Saturday 8th October
10am - 5pm Rural craft demonstrations and Merzbau architecture seminars:
Saturday 8th October Rural craft demonstrations and Merzbau architecture seminars:
MAM Merz Art Museum - future plans for a Merzbau/Kurt Schwitters Art Museum;
MERZSHED - Zaha Hadid MerzShed project - proposals for a new centre for contemporary rural art design and architecture;
Lakes Pioneer Garden Design - introduction to the Harry Pierce Lakeland landscape garden design project (1940s/60s) and environmental reserve at the Cylinders Estate.
2 - 5.30 pm Seminars
Schwitters and Dada,
Gwyneth Alban printmaking project
Dada 100¾ the Merz Barn Project as a Power Station, generating artistic output around the legacy of Kurt Schwitters and Merz.
Jackie Haynes, Schwitters PhD scholarship artist researcher at University of Cumbria Institute for the Arts, will provide information about a variety of interconnected art events occurring in this centenary year of Dada.
All the better to hear you with... my dear, Gwyneth
Heather Ross, artist, and lecturer at The University of Central Lancashire. The re-activation of Gwyneth Alban's letterpress, in conjunction with the book 'Kurt Schwitters in England' by Stefan Themerson, and 'on being out of touch', which explores the tension between sound/language and visual/written description, in relation to ornithology.
6 pm: BBQ in the open air (weather permitting). BYO food and drink.
7.30pm Annual Kurt Schwitters lecture:
Professor Michael White, Head of History of Art, University of York: 'The Afterlife of Dada'.
This lecture explores the later reputation of two members of the Berlin Dada group, one famous, one largely forgotten: George Grosz and his brother-in-law Otto Schmalhausen (Dada Oz). Intertwined in the story of their lifelong friendship and separation through exile is the fate of Dada under Nazism.
(The lecture is free of charge and open to all).
9pm 'The Reading of the Names'
Each year artists, neighbours, guests and students gather at the Entartete Kunst memorial located beside the Merz Barn, to remember the names of the artists, writers, poets, and musicians who were persecuted, forbidden to make art work, and/or forced into exile, by the Nazis as part of their campaign against the so-called Entartete Kunst (degenerate art)*. The 'reading of the names' event will include the names of artists who perished in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII, and also those artists today who are still encountering persecution, displacement, and forced exile.
10pm+ MerzHerbst Party music and readings with musicians, poets and performers.
Sunday 9th October 11am - 1pm: informal seminars and walks in the hills nearby.
Registration fee: £10.00 (for workshops, seminars, party, and free on site accommodation Friday & Saturday nights)
*BBQ dinner extra - suggested donation £5.
Accommodation: Free accommodation available on site (Friday and Saturday nights) in a yurt, two caravans and there is plenty of free camping space on the site. The site also has kitchen facilities, marquees, toilets and a shower. Limited bunk barn accommodation available on request.
For more information and to book
please contact Ian Hunter or Celia Larner at the Merz Barn:
T. 015394 37309 e. email@example.com
*Not all the artists declared degenerate were active anti-Nazis. Some, like Emil Nolde, were pro-Nazi, and continued working, albeit in private, under the Hitler régime. But most were prevented from publicly exhibiting their work, and most, like Schwitters, left Germany to seek refuge in Britain and the USA.