Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Workmen Lunching in a Gravel Pit' circa 1797
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Workmen Lunching in a Gravel Pit circa 1797
Pencil and watercolour on paper
support: 434 x 373 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Shortness: A very short conference and a very long dinner – Part 1

Shortness: A very short conference and a very long dinner – Part 2

Tate Modern Saturday 20 June 2009, 14.00-21.30
14.00–17.00 symposium 18.00–21.30 dinner in the East Room

In short, this event brings together practitioners and theoreticians of the humanities, arts and sciences to extol or berate, to discuss, explore and explain shortness in all its spatial and temporal manifestations.

Shortness tackles topics ranging from aphorisms, txt msgs and short attention spans to nanophilology, sampling, ephemeral relationships, punch lines, short narratives and other short-lived entities and phenomena (insects and fashion).

The short conference is followed by a long dinner in Tate Modern’s East Room. Dinner guests will be entertained by short speeches and the whole event is supplemented by short films, performances and various interventions.

Conference speakers: DJ Spooky, Sadie Plant, Dan and Lia Perjovschi and Tom Shakespeare. Dinner speakers include Clare Wigfall and Steven Connor amongst others. The compère for the dinner will be Nicholas Parsons.

Organised by Tate Modern Public Programmes in collaboration with Irini Marinaki and Konstantinos Stefanis (London Consortium) and Ricarda Vidal (Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies)

In collaboration with The London Consortium and with additional support from LCACE