Joachim Koester's Message from Andrée consists of a display table, two large posters and a 16mm film projection. The work was shown for the first time in the Danish pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale, and is based on archival material from the late nineteenth-century Andrée expedition.
This historical event has all the ingredients of a good story: against-the-odds adventure, a remote and inhospitable location, nationalist hubris, romance and mystery. Numerous books, articles, films and
In 1528 master armourer and active citizen William Vynyard presented a spectacular gift to his guild, originating from his own workshop. He gave to the Armourers’ Company a polychromed oak sculpture of St. George and the Dragon, with the saintly hero clad in an exceptionally intricate miniature steel armour (see Plate 12 ). Vynyard's material gift went on to play a significant role in the ceremonial life of the guild, as when the company travelled by boat to Greenwich in 1540 to celebrate the marriage of Henry VIII to Anne of Cleves, ‘with
With Didi-Huberman’s anti-Platonism firmly established in Confronting Images , the following decade was dedicated to examining the image’s material existence. This has been traditionally regarded as a minor concern for art historians, who have maintained a hierarchical privileging of the form over matter and signified over signifier. In this chapter I will examine Didi-Huberman’s concern with matter and materiality as he participates in the broader critique of representation underway at EHESS. It is critical to recognise that Didi-Huberman is part of the