Nartex (a member of Ars et Fides) is organizing in Rome
from 26 to 29 November
the first Annual Artists and Theologians Meeting
In collaboration with the Pontificial University of the Holy Cross
and with Via Lucis which is another of those initiatives Nartex is involved now,
the theme will be
Art and Liturgy, fundamentals for a contemporary experimental work.
Pavel Florensky in his book Iconostasis (1922) says that ”among all, the most conclusive proof of the God´s existence –non mentioned in any manual- may be expressed by the adage that says: Rublev’s icon of the Holy Trinity exists, therefore God exists”.
May art and theology contribute in the understanding of Mystery? This first meeting of artists and theologians intends to study the fundamentals of liturgical action with a practical objective: to prepare the interdisciplinary work of creation in the liturgical context, conceived as total art (integration of all arts in the action of Christus Totus).
Based on this, the program includes three double sessions of discussion programed in collaboration with the Institute of Liturgy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In addition to these sessions there will be presentations offered by particular artists or art historians. These activities will take place outside the University in a non academic context. Apart of those events the meals and get-together will be a chance to meet everybody.
The course is structured in 6 academic sessions. The 1 and 2 aims at introducing the topic: the relationship between art and liturgy expressed by feature of the ceremony. Particularly, the fact of being “sign” or “image” of deeds of the past, actions that are occurring in the heavenly liturgy, and actions that will happen at the eschatological fulfillment.
The session 3 and 4 will be dedicated to a very particular category of music: the liturgical music. The aim is to present the notion and to analyze several examples that help to understand what liturgical music is and what is not.
Finally, in the session 5 and 6 we will deal with the iconographic programs, namely the images located in the various locations involved in the ceremonies (narthex, nave, baptistery, etc.) and the meaning of such representation.
Please have a look at the joined document: 2014 ANNUAL ARTISTS AND THEOLOGIANS MEETING