sacred Traditions and the Arts seminar

The Art of The Decalogue

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

18.00 - 19.30, Research Forum South Room

(followed by a performance of Gareth Wilson's Decalogue in King's College Chapel from 19.40 - 20.30 by the Mousai Singers)

Circle of finger-like sculptures with clay human figure seated in centre
Liviu Mocan, Invitation/Decalogue, composition study bronze and clay w:43cm, h: 29 cm. 2009. Collection of Stephane and Claudine Couleru Switzerland.

Speaker(s): Gareth Wilson (Department of Music, King's College London; and Royal College of Music)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London) and Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

“For 6,000 years, these rules have been unquestionably right. And yet we break them every day. People feel that something is wrong in life. There is some kind of atmosphere that makes people now turn to other values. They want to contemplate the basic questions of life, and that is probably the real reason for wanting to tell these stories.” Krzysztof Kieslowski on The Decalogue

Marking the 25th anniversary of Krzysztof Kieslowski's series of films, and the composition of a new work of choral music by Gareth Wilson entitled Decalogue, this special meeting of the Sacred Traditions and the Arts Seminar will examine artistic responses to the Ten Commandments.

Gareth Wilson will be our principal speaker at this seminar. A composer, theologian and lecturer  in the Department of Music at King's College London, he is also an academic professor at the Royal College of Music, and a visiting lecturer for the Royal College of Organists. He has been responsible for the composition, commissioning and directing of well over 100 new works for the Anglican liturgy. A small group of panellists with expertise in film and fine art will join with him in a conversation about the continuing interest and inspiration of the commandments.

Directly following the seminar there will be an opportunity to hear Decalogue performed in King's College Chapel by the Mousai Singers.

The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s and The Courtauld. It seeks to place researchers in dialogue who are working on any aspect of the sacred and visual culture. It is open to all scholars and students who have an interest in exploring the intersections of religion and art regardless of period, geography or tradition.

There will be ample time for discussion and questions following the papers. The event will be concluded by an informal reception.

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