Title: Usages et valeurs du noir en Asie de l’Est / Uses and Values of Black Colour in East Asia
Duration: 7-9 June 2022
Format: Hybrid – In person and online via Zoom
Organized by: Isabelle Charrier and Marie Laureillard, CEEI (Centre d’Étude de l’Écriture et de l’Image) & IFRAE (Inalco)
Organised by Isabelle Charrier and Marie Laureillard, CEEI (Centre d’Étude de l’Écriture et de l’Image) & IFRAE (Inalco) from 7 to 9 June 2022, on Tuesday 7 June 2022 at the INHA (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris), on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 June 2022 at the Inalco (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris). The conference will take place in person and by videoconference on Zoom in the same time (the link will be communicated on request to firstname.lastname@example.org). Free access without registration. Please note that most of the conference will be held in French.
This conference aims to explore the conceptual richness of the notion of blackness and the multiplicity of issues that it opens up in the study of text, writing, image and mixed forms.
The aesthetic and semiotic theories of black, the functions and uses of black in writing and graphic arts, the empty/full relationship in creation, the vocabulary of black (linguistic comparisons and cultural constructions), the role of black colour in literature, in new media and in design, photography and cinema will be addressed. The presentations, which will focus on East Asia with a foray into Vietnam and India, will be multidisciplinary.
The first day will be devoted to the fundamental meaning of black and the five colours of ink through the traditional arts of ink painting and calligraphy, in parallel with a reflection on the graphic expression represented by typography and wood engraving.
The second day will deal with black in Chinese, Japanese and Korean literature (poetry, essay, novel). The afternoon will be devoted to the multiple uses of black in Indian miniatures, Japanese design, stamping and contemporary art from East Asia.
The third day will focus on the cinema and photography of the three countries (China, Korea, Japan). The afternoon will be reserved for the role of black in modernity through painting and graphic arts from the Far East and the specific practices of lacquerware in Vietnam and ceramics in Japan.
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Image: Sesshū Tōyō, Paysage d’hiver, vers 1470, encre sur papier.