Sunday, 15 November 2009

CONFERENCE - 29th January 2010 - The Story of Things: reading narrative in the visual

CONFERENCE: The Story of Things: reading narrative in the visual
PLACE: Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
DATE: Friday 29th January, 2010

The production, consumption and interpretation of narratives in visual form is central to contemporary cultures. Within this context, the notion of narrative finding expression in the visual can be traced, for example, in the growth of the graphic novel form, the positioning of cinema as subject matter for art practice and the persistence of the artist’s book as an art form. Visual narratives demand specific forms of readerly interaction and critical response. They require a shift of reading focus from text to text-and-image or to image-only, and therefore require different critical apparatus and analytical skills.

This one day conference will investigate the reading of narrative in visual contexts, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches in addressing the following ideas:

Object as catalyst:
the potential for narrative within the artefact.
Visualising the remembered narrative:
archetype, biography, autobiography.
Authoring and reading the sequential narrative:
linear and non-linear approaches.

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Allmer – Relating the Story of Things

More about Patricia Allmer
Patricia Allmer is curator of Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism at Manchester Art Gallery. She is Research Fellow in the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at MMU and has published widely on different aspects of art theory. More information available at

Registration Fee: £30 (£15 concession)

To book, or if you have any enquiries regarding the conference please contact Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller at or on +44 (0) 161 295 6712.

This conference is supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford along with the AHRC funded REACT programme: