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Conférence ''The Poetics of Failure and the Imperfections of Knowledge''

mardi 16 octobre 2018
Université Laval, salle DKN-3470



Sven Dupré is Professor and Chair of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University (History & Art History), and Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at the University of Amsterdam (Conservation & Restoration). He is the Scientific Director of the ARTECHNE project ‘Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500-1950’, supported by an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.


Artisanal textual practices are strategies to deal with the uncertainty of artisanal processes and the whims of materials. Confronted with the precarious nature of artisanal knowledge, variation had always been the most important strategy of error management. Following the dissatisfaction with ways of writing down knowledge hiding the imperfection of the process of knowledge production and in response to the limits of language in articulating skills, the codification of error emerged as a new strategy in the seventeenth century, pointing to a new conception of the epistemic value of failure and error in the early modern arts and sciences.

*Conférence en anglais

L’entrée est libre et gratuite dans la limite des places disponibles. La conférence est co-organisée par le CIRST et le CIREM.