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Visuality of Text: Interdisciplinary approaches to the display of the word

Event PosterSaturday 20th October 2018, 10am- 6pm

IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House, University of Warwick

Featuring discussion with artist John Newling about his exhibition 'Journeys with The Wasteland'.

What factors dictated the decision to inscribe certain texts over others, and what happened to a text once it was displayed? Did the fact of its display, and the medium chosen, affect how it was read, or endow it with a different force?

The ‘Visuality of Text’ workshop seeks to explore issues relating to the displaying of text in different periods and cultures from a cross-disciplinary perspective. We will be discussing the display of the word from a variety of viewpoints, including inscriptions and other media in different times and places, from curators who deal with the display of text in a museum or gallery setting to creative practitioners who work on some level with words. Themes we will explore include, but are not limited to, text as art, text as power, the display of texts, the format of texts, and the visibility/durability of texts. The aim is to draw out common themes that unite individuals working on the visuality of texts from different perspectives, and stimulate further discussions of the materiality of texts.

For enquiries and to express an interest in attendance, please contact Nick Brown at

Registration to open soon.