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Playing with Medieval Visions

Anatomy Museum (6th Floor), River Room (Strand Campus)
Conference/Seminar, Culture, Exhibition, Workshop
13 (14:30) - 21/10/2016 (14:30)

Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival 2016. Presented by the Department of English and Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS).

This event is open to all and free to attend, but Eventbrite booking is required for the workshops and symposium. Please see hyperlinked times below.

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Playing with Medieval Visions, Sounds, and Sensations

Discover the complex and beautiful physical and aural properties of two medieval poems – The House of Fame and Dream of the Rood – in this series of events produced by current King’s researchers.

Two workshops will explore Chaucer’s The House of Fame; a fourteenth century poem composed in Middle English, which follows a dreaming narrator as they encounter Lady Fame’s mystical palace, located somewhere between heaven and earth, where reputations are made and broken. We will find inspiration in its shifting sonic architecture and strange signs.

Two workshops will focus on the Old English Dream of the Rood. Preserved as a complete poem only in the 10th century Vercelli Book, lines of the poem are also found carved onto the 8th century Ruthwell Cross, a huge stone sculpture still standing in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The mysterious voice of the Rood and the runic writing of the Ruthwell Cross reveal the various ways early Christians imagined their God.

This is an opportunity to make creative work across 2D, 3D and audio and video media, completely open to all creative and technical abilities. Learn how to speak Old and Middle English aloud, and create written, visual, and spoken responses to these medieval poems. You’ll be guided through text translations, collage and drawing techniques, 3D-making, and video and audio recording.

An exhibition will bring together the work created in these workshops. Examples of contemporary creative works that reinvent the middle ages will also be on display, along with a temporary library for you to explore at your leisure. Artists, writers, and translator-poets will be on display, as well as new discoveries from the King’s archive, on show for the first.

A symposium on the range of medieval and creative work that inspired ‘Playing with Medieval dreams’, will be led by King’s researchers. This symposium (open to members of the public and workshop participants) will include readings of new compositions made during the workshops, along with readings in Old and Middle English.

Find out more about the poems and the artists who have inspired these workshops, on our student blog

14.30-17.00 & 18.00-19.30 Thursday 13 October 2016
Anatomy Museum, King’s Building, Strand Campus

14.30-17.00 & 18.00-19.30 Monday 17 October 2016
River Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus

12.00-21.00 Friday 21 October 2016

17.30-18.30 Friday 21 October 2016
River Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus

Charlotte Rudman is a PhD candidate in the English Department. Her research focuses on sound and sound representations in Medieval dream vision poetry.

Fran Allfrey is a PhD candidate, funded by the LAHP and AHRC. Her research explores how contemporary artists and cultural institutions represent the early medieval.

Francesca Brooks is an LAHP funded PhD student. She uses new archival evidence to illuminate the influence of Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon culture on twentieth century poet and artist, David Jones.

Charlotte Knight is a PhD candidate in the English Department, exploring the poetics of memory in Chaucer’s dream vision poetry.

Carl Kears was awarded his PhD last year. He is currently working on a project looking at instances of creative use of Old English in the King’s Archives.

Beth Whalley is a PhD candidate, funded by the Rick Trainor Scholarship and the Canals and River Trust. Her research explores the different ways we understand water and waterways in past and present culture.

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