IMAGINES is an international and cross-disciplinary research network focusing on modern receptions of Antiquity in the visual and performing arts. A key objective of the project is the understanding of different interpretations, appropriations, constructions and neglected areas of the classical inheritance across epochs, societies, cultural expressions, and movements. Subject areas under investigation include Theatre, Dance, Cinema, Opera, Sculpture, Architecture, Painting, Comics and Graphic Novels, Design, Photography, Video Games and Multimedia. The project is interdisciplinary in nature and involves scholars and artists from a wide range of fields and countries (Italy, France, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and the UK).
IMAGINES’ most relevant collective initiatives are our bi-annual conferences. Five cities and countries have hosted Imagines conferences so far: 2007 Logroño, Spain; 2010 Bristol, UK; 2012 Mainz, Germany; 2014 Faro, Portugal; 2016 Torino, Italy. Next conference will take place in Toulouse in 2018.
Relevant outcomes of our network are the volumes based on our conferences. Thanks to a collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing, we have created a new book series, directed by Filippo Carlà-Uhink and Martin Lindner, which hosts not only our conferences but works focusing on modern vidual receptions of the ancient world. Click here to find out more on the series: Imagines: Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing arts.
The universal character of the themes and approaches that shape IMAGINES is intended to offer a basis for not only interdisciplinary debates on the impact of antiquity in the arts, but also open discussion on the diversity of reception(s) in different cultural traditions.
IMAGINES aims to establish a fluent dialogues and effective collaborative forms between academia, further education, the arts and their public. A trademark of IMAGINES is thus a collaboration with non-academic specialists and artists, who draw on antiquity as inspiration for their work.
Such collaborators have thus far included the renowned landscape gardener Fernando Caruncho (Madrid),famous graphic novelist Eric Shanower (San Diego), composer Phil Bennets (Bristol), the playwright and director Stephan Seidel (Mainz), filmmaker João Canijo (Lisbon), and photographer and cartoonist José Bandeira (Lisbon), as well as streets artists such as SEN Silva (Olhão). In 2016, we had the chance to learn about historical costume making and modelling thanks to the Turin designer and model Danielle Fiore. We regard this fruitful collaboration with artists and authors as a fundamental brand of IMAGINES; a refreshing input that challenges traditional and current debates on the place of Classical Reception Studies withing and beyond the (often restrictive) boundaries of academia and the classroom.