Lecture by Andrey Velikanov: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose // Universalities. The postmodern condition

Date

From 15 April 2018

Schedule

17:00–19:00

Place

Garage Education Center
Lecture by Andrey Velikanov: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose // Universalities. The postmodern conditionLecture by Andrey Velikanov: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose // Universalities. The postmodern condition

DESCRIPTION

The lecture is based around postmodernist ideas and techniques in Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose.

In 1977 Charles Jencks defined the main canons of postmodernist architecture, including double-coding, metaphoricity, and contextualization. In 1979 Jean-François Lyotard announced the condition of contemporary culture as postmodernist. In 1980, Umberto Eco published his novel The Name of the Rose, where he implemented, on many occasions, the postmodernist technique of double-coding, addressing the text to audiences of very diverse types of perception and comprehension. For some, it’s merely a detective story similar to Conan Doyle’s series about Holmes and Watson, but set in a fourteenth century monastery, for others—a narrative full of unique historical details creating a picture of a particular era, or even a contemplation about the differences between a Medieval and a contemporary individual, the relationship and interdependence of religion and literature, about their roles in culture, and other philosophical issues.

“The only sure thing was that the girl would be burned. And I felt responsible, because it was as if she would also expiate on the pyre the sin I had committed with her.

I burst shamefully into sobs and fled to my cell, where all through the night I chewed my pallet and moaned helplessly, for I was not even allowed—as they did in the romances of chivalry I had read with my companions at Melk—to lament and call out the beloved’s name.”

(Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose, 1980)

ABOUT THE LECTURER

Andrey Velikanov is a philosopher, art theorist, and artist. His publications on art and cultural theory include Am I a Trembling Simulacrum, or Do I Have the Right? (NLO, 2007). He has taught at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, UNIC Institute, Wordshop Communications Academy, Moscow 1905 Art Academy, MediaArtLab Open School, Center of Avant-Garde at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and Free Workshops Art School, and regularly gives talks and takes part in discussions at various venues. He is also a recipient of several media art awards and prizes including Ostranenie (Germany), DADANET (Russia), Art on the Net (Japan), TrashArt (Russia), Southwest Interactive Festival (U.S.A.), and Split (Croatia).

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission