Jonathan Anderson presents a survey of some of the ways religion is newly visible in contemporary art, and then turns to explore the ways that religion is becoming newly discussable in contemporary art. Jonathan is an artist and critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University. He has published several essays exploring the relations between modern art, religion and theology, including the book ‘Modern Art and the Life of a Culture’. He is currently working on a PhD in theology at King’s College, London.
The paper is conceived as a contribution to the theology of sound and visuality. It explores two related spheres of Christian theology and biblical studies: sound in the Bible and the Bible as sound. In particular, the discussion draws attention to the Scripture’s sound substrate, and how we may listen for the sonorities of the text and the visual representations made after it. The presentation includes a performance of a sound work based upon an inventory of listening to Alexander Scourby's 'The Talking Bible' (1964).
The presentation is, here, in four parts (which does not reflect the divisions of the paper), followed by a capture of the sound work that was recorded in situ and direct to digital software.
Prof. Ben Quash from Kings College London began our conference, 'Why Beauty Matters' with a lecture unpacking the philosophical understandings throughout history of the concept of beauty. This audio is accompanied by a powerpoint presentation which you can download here
Writer and philanthropist, Roberta Green Ahmanson, speaks at our national conference on the redemptive value of beauty in our world
Lecture by Natan Mladin from Theos Think tank, speaking in light of his recently completely PhD and exploring how the process of improvisation, and the flow of call and response is weaved throughout life and art.
Dr. Sara Schumacher - lecturer and researcher at St Melitus College (London) - explores how digital and social media shape our spiritual life, and how we can reclaim the spiritual disciplines within the digital age that we live. Sara brings into dialogue the books, 'Reclaiming Conversation' by Sherry Turkle, and 'Celebration of Discipline' by Richard Foster.
As part of the MAKE GOOD Lectures, Jonathan Anderson speaks on Modern Art and the Life of a Culture. This lecture accompanies a book co-authored by Anderson of the same title. Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University (near Los Angeles, CA), and he is currently working on a PhD in theology at King's College London. He is the author of several essays including "The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art Criticism," and he is coauthor with theologian William Dyrness of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (IVP Academic, 2016).
A talk by Alastair Gordon questioning the increase in discussion of faith within contemporary art practice.
A look at reactions in popular culture to the lives, deaths and ‘what next?’ of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Amy Winehouse and others. Talk, and discussion led by Ed Mayhew.
Dan Curtis talks about our anxieties in the arts, the causes, and what we can practically do about it.
Click to watch the Rather You Than Me video piece made to accompany the lecture.
A lecture from Alastair Gordon looking at a possible set of values for working as a Christian in the creative arts, plus discussion.
Three artists from the network, Dan Curtis, Phil Elbourne and Eleanor Young speak on how to read art - looking at abstraction, painting and theatre.
A lecture looking at trying to grasp our need for the use of our moral imagination in relationship, looking at some of Caravaggio's paintings as well as the fairy tale of Pinnochio.
In her first lecture for Morphē, Adrienne outlines some of the issues raised by Grayson Perry concerning the role of contemporary art in modern society and its perceived inaccessibility from the public. She offers a personal response to some of the questions raised by Perry.
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