Causerie – Pictorial Satire
12 July 2012, de 17H à 21H in the Witte the Whit Contemporary Art

La table ronde devrait être retransmise en direct sur le site du WWCA.

The second in the series of Causeries explores the satirical impulse in visual culture from the 18th century to present times. Different expressions of pictorial satire are discussed in several informal conversations, also highlighting the satire that lies at the heart of Alexandre Singh’s The Humans. With an emphasis on both the British and French tradition, the work of pictorial satirists like William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier will be pivotal to this causerie, alongside with more contemporary forms of satire such as the television show South Park.

Participants include:

Pascal Dupuy  – on Honoré Daumier
Pascal Dupuy is a Professor in early modern history at the University of Rouen. He was an Andrew Mellon Fellow at The Paul Mellon Center (Yale University, 1995-96). His research focuses on images and cartoons from the 18th century onward. He is the author of numerous books and is currently writing a new study on the French Revolution. He has also contributed to several periodicals on the relation between film, images and history.

Martin Myrone – on William Hogarth
Martin Myrone is Lead Curator, Pre-1800 British Art at Tate Britain. He has published widely on eighteenth and nineteenth century British art, including Bodybuilding: Reforming Masculinities in British 1750-1810 (Yale University Press, 2005) and monographs on Stubbs, Fuseli and Blake. He was the curator of Rude Britannia: British Comic Art (Tate Britain, 2010) and John Martin: Apocalypse (Tate Britain, 2011).

Brian Dunphy – on South Park
Brian Dunphy is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Dramatic Writing), the University of Amsterdam (American Studies), and The New School for Social Research (Politics). A native New Yorker who has been lecturing in the City University of New York system for over 8 years and at Brooklyn College (CUNY) for over 5 years as a lecturer in the Department of Television and Radio. Over the past few years, Dunphy has developed a reputation for pushing the academic envelope with classes revolving around Satire & Mass Media and Politics & Mass Media. He also created, and taught, the controversial course, ‘South Park and Political Correctness’ 

About the Causeries

As part of the realization of Alexandre Singh’s ambitious play The Humans, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art presents the Causeries. Taking its title from the French verb causer –  to converse or chat –  the Causeries are set up as a series of discussions in which Singh expands on The Humans’  key themes, ranging from cosmology and cosmogony to pictorial satire, dance, drama and religion. Rather than discursive  events in the well-known format of a conference or a symposium, the Causeries  are conceived as informal conversations between the artist and an expert in a given field. It is not only the edification of the artist himself that is pivotal in this alternative kind of exchange, also the audience is offered an insight in the underlying themes of The Humans.


All Causeries are organized in collaboration with writer and critic Donatien Grau.

Cost per Causerie: €5 / €3 discount
Passe-partout: €25 / €20 discount

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