[Vortragsreihe München] Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Kingston, Kanada): "Architecture in the French Atlantic World, 1608-1828: Utopianism and Intransigence in a Paper Empire"

14.12.2016 (18:15 - 19:45)

Die Vortragsreihe gibt einen Überblick zu den weltweiten Austauschprozessen und künstlerischen Positionen in einer entscheidenden Phase der Globalisierung und eröffnet damit neue theoretische und methodische Zugänge zur Epoche.

Abstract des Vortrags

This talk will provide a brief overview of the architectural heritage of the French Atlantic Empire (including the rich collection of plans and drawings in the archives in Aix-en-Provence and elsewhere) and will contextualize French America within the history of Latin American architecture, examining how differing ideologies and utopianisms among the French and Iberian empires led to strikingly contrasting architectural cultures despite shared histories of conquest, settlement, conversion, and forced labour. This paper will consider French Atlantic architecture as a product of a uniquely French ideology of cultural uniformity, an intellectual construct of preordained, centralized, and circumscribed national territory developed under Louis XIV (1661-1715) and known as the pré carré. It resulted in a stubborn vision of unity in the face of geographical or demographic diversity, and in a reluctance to engage culturally with non-Europeans, including indigenous peoples and the rapidly growing populations of slaves and gens de couleur.

Zeit: Mittwoch, 14.12.2016, 18-20 Uhr c.t.

Ort: München, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, Vortragsraum 242 (II. OG)