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Małgorzata Sieradz

The book presents the history of the only strictly scientific Polish musicological periodical Kwartalnik Muzyczny. It shows how the editorial board of the periodi-cal met with true approval and harsh criticism. The subject allows the author to present the beginnings of Polish musicology and its evolution through three epochs: the late partitioning period, the interwar period of Poland’s independ-ence, and the early years after the Second World War
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Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch

Im Mittelpunkt des Buches steht das Erzählen von Musikgeschichten. Exemplarisch werden an der Musikkultur der beiden ›verlorenen Residenzen‹ Edinburgh und Hannover im 18. Jahrhundert neue methodische und darstellerische Ansätze herausgearbeitet. Das Zusammenführen mikro- und makrohistorischer sowie regional- und alltagsgeschichtlicher Erkenntnisse spielt dabei ebenso eine Rolle wie das Entwickeln eines ›multifokalen‹ Blickes auf musikgeschichtliche Phänomene abseits großer Künstler*innen oder kunstliebender Herrscher*innen und fernab des Kanons. Geleitet von der übergeordneten Frage danach, wie Forscher*innen als Autor*innen ihre Ergebnisse finden und präsentieren – wie sie also was warum erzählen –, geht es dabei auch um das Erzielen größtmöglicher wissenschaftlicher Transparenz und um den Einfluss der dabei involvierten Wissenschaftler*innen.

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MIMOS 2018

Theater Sgaramusch

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Edited by Paola Gilardi, Delphine Abrecht, Andreas Klaeui and Yvonne Schmidt

Seit 1982 kreiert das Theater Sgaramusch inhaltlich wie ästhetisch anspruchsvolle Stücke für Kinder, die sich auch an Erwachsene richten. Der vorliegende Band beleuchtet verschiedene Facetten seines Schaffens, das immer poetisch sein will, nie didaktisch. Das Buch versucht zudem eine Standortbestimmung des Theaters für ein junges Publikum in der Schweiz.

Depuis 1982, le Théâtre Sgaramusch crée des spectacles au contenu et à l’esthétique ambitieux pour les enfants mais aussi pour les adultes. Le présent ouvrage aborde plusieurs facettes de leur engagement qui se veut toujours poétique, jamais didactique. Cette publication propose également divers éclairages sur la situation du théâtre pour le jeune public en Suisse.

Dal 1982 il Theater Sgaramusch crea spettacoli esigenti sul piano dei contenuti ed estetico, rivolti sia ai bambini che agli adulti. Il presente volume esplora vari aspetti del suo lavoro artistico, che vuole essere poetico, non didattico. Il libro tenta inoltre di fare il punto della situazione sul teatro per un pubblico giovane in Svizzera.

Founded in 1982, Theater Sgaramusch creates challenging plays in terms of content and aesthetics, staged for children and adults alike. The present volume showcases various facets of the company’s oeuvre – which aims to be poetic and never didactic – and seeks to assess the current standing of theatre for young audiences in Switzerland.

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Intense Bodily Presence

Practices of Polish Butō Dancers

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Magdalena Anna Zamorska

The author explores the practices of Polish butō dancers. Underlining the transcultural potential of the genre, she discusses in particular their individual body-mind practices and so-called butō techniques in order to produce a generalised account of butō training. Her argument is underpinned by complex field research which she carried out as an expert observer and a workshop participant. Drawing on a transdisciplinary approach, which combines insights and findings from the fields of cultural and performance studies, cultural anthropology and cognitive sciences, the book depicts the sequence of three phases which make up the processual structure of butō training: intro, following and embodiment.

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Edited by Germán Toro-Pérez

This book is dedicated to the topic of performance practice of electroacoustic music, focusing mainly on the production of RAI’s Studio di Fonologia in Milan between the 1950s and 1970s. It is the result of an in-depth dialogue between musicology and musical practice, presenting musicological and practice-based contributions, some dealing with specific problems of performance practice, in particular the analysis and interpretation of the aesthetic prerequisites and production conditions of the repertoire from a musicological perspective, others focusing on specific works and on their realisation from a performer’s perspective. Overall, this publication is intended as a contribution to the performance culture of the repertoire.

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Edited by Janina Falkowska and Krzysztof Loska

This book examines small cinemas and their presentation of society in times of crisis and conflict from an interdisciplinary and intercultural point of view. The authors concentrate on economic, social and political challenges and point to new phenomena which have been exposed by film directors. They present essays on, among others, Basque cinema; gendered controversies in post-communist small cinemas in Slovakia and Czech Republic; ethnic stereotypes in the works of Polish filmmakers; stereotypical representation of women in Japanese avant-garde; post-communist political myths in Hungary; the separatist movements of Catalonia; people in diasporas and during migrations. In view of these timely topics, the book touches on the most serious social and political problems. The films discussed provide an excellent platform for enhancing debates on politics, gender, migration and new aesthetics in cinema at departments of history, sociology, literature and film.

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Sounds of War and Peace

Soundscapes of European Cities in 1945

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Edited by Renata Tańczuk and Sławomir Wieczorek

This book vividly evokes for the reader the sound world of a number of European cities in the last year of the Second World War. It allows the reader to «hear» elements of the soundscapes of Amsterdam, Dortmund, Lwów/Lviv, Warsaw and Breslau/Wrocław that are bound up with the traumatising experiences of violence, threats and death. Exploiting to the full methodologies and research tools developed in the fields of sound and soundscape studies, the authors analyse their reflections on autobiographical texts and art. The studies demonstrate the role urban sounds played in the inhabitants’ forging a sense of identity as they adapted to new living conditions. The chapters also shed light on the ideological forces at work in the creation of urban sound space.

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Seeing Renaissance Glass

Art, Optics, and Glass of Early Modern Italy, 1250–1425

Sarah Dillon

With the invention of eyeglasses around 1280 near Pisa, the mundane medium of glass transformed early modern optical technology and visuality. It also significantly influenced contemporaneous art, religion, and science. References to glass are found throughout the Bible and in medieval hagiography and poetry. For instance, glass is mentioned in descriptions of Heavenly Jerusalem, the Beatific Vision, and the Incarnation. At the same time, a well-known Islamic scientific treatise, which likened a portion of the eye’s anatomy to glass, entered the scientific circles of the Latin West. Amidst this complex web of glass-related phenomena early modern Italian artists used glass in some of their most important artworks but, until now, no study has offered a comprehensive consideration of the important role glass played in shaping the art of the Italian Renaissance.

Seeing Renaissance Glass explores how artists such as Giotto, Duccio, Nicola Pisano, Simone Martini, and others employed the medium of glass—whether it be depictions of glass or actual glass in the form of stained glass, gilded glass, and transparent glass—to resonate with the period’s complex visuality and achieve their artistic goals.

Such an interdisciplinary approach to the visual culture of early modern Italy is particularly well-suited to an introductory humanities course as well as classes on media studies and late medieval and early Renaissance art history. It is also ideal for a general reader interested in art history or issues of materiality.

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Wie Bilder «entstehen».

Produkt und Kode [Band 5]

Dieter Maurer, Claudia Riboni and Birute Gujer

Dieser fünfte Band (und das mit ihm verbundene  Bildarchiv) stellt eine Untersuchung der Eigenschaften und Entwicklung früher Bilder von Kindern  Südindiens und Indonesiens dar und vergleicht die Ergebnisse mit denjenigen der vorgängigen Untersuchung europäischer Kinder (siehe Band 1).

Im Zentrum steht dabei die Frage, ob sich ein substantieller Teil der frühen Bildentwicklung in der Ontogenese für sehr verschiedene Kontexte der Bildproduktion und -rezeption als quasiidentisch dokumentieren lässt, oder ob sich frühe Bilder grundsätzlich als konventionell und also als kodiert erweisen. (In der Literatur werden Studien dieser Art  häufig als «kulturvergleichend» bezeichnet.)

Band 1 «Eigenschaften und Entwicklung» (und das mit ihm verbundene Bildarchiv) erläutert und illustriert die zeichnerische und malerische Entwicklung von europäischen Kindern im Vorschulalter, untersucht anhand früher Bilder als fertigen Produkten.

Band 2 «Bildarchiv Europa und Materialien» (inkl. DVD) enthält alle Bildersammlungen der in Band 1 dargestellten Untersuchung sowie zusätzliche Illustrationen, Texte, Tabellen und Abbildungen.

Band 3 «Beschreibende Methode» erläutert und illustriert ausführlich die begrifflichen und methodischen Einzelheiten der Beschreibung früher Bilder als fertigen Produkten. Die untersuchten Bild-  und Filmarchive sind über www.early-pictures.ch ein-sehbar.

Band 4 «Prozess und Produkt» (und das mit ihm ver-bundene Filmarchiv) stellt eine Untersuchung des Verhältnisses von Prozess und Produkt früher Bilder in der Ontogenese vor.

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MIMOS 2017

Ursina Lardi

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Edited by Paola Gilardi, Anne Fournier, Andreas Klaeui and Yvonne Schmidt

Ob auf der Theaterbühne oder der Kinoleinwand: Ursina Lardi vermag mit radikaler künstlerischer Aneignung das Wesen ihrer Figuren zu enthüllen. Mit Texten von namhaften Wegbegleitern und Einzelanalysen würdigt dieser Band eine eindrucksvolle Schauspielerinnenkarriere.

Sur la scène comme sur l’écran, Ursina Lardi parvient, grâce à une approche artistique exigeante, à s’approprier l’essence des personnages qu’elle habite. Cet ouvrage réunit des interventions d’artistes exceptionnels, compagnons de route, et des analyses spécialisées pour célébrer cette carrière d’actrice impressionnante.

In scena come sullo schermo: grazie a un approccio radicale, Ursina Lardi riesce a cogliere l’essenza dei personaggi che interpreta. Il presente volume illustra, tramite analisi particolareggiate e i contributi di compagni di viaggio d’eccezione, lo straordinario percorso artistico di quest’attrice.

Whether on stage or on screen, Ursina Lardi manages to reveal the essence of her characters by means of a radical artistic approach. The present volume, with contributions from well-known associates as well as individual analyses, pays homage to the impressive career of this actress.