Color Me Mad and Bad: Byron in Contemporary Art and the Representation of Byronic Affect

Kaila Rose

15th February 2023

5.30-6.30 GMT

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Closer to the event, we will send a Zoom link for you to access the live talk and participate in the Q&A.

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Why do we love Lord Byron? What is it about his image, his aura, his expressions of subject and voice that continue to captivate and inspire us? [/ezcol_2third_end]

In “Desiring Recognition, Accumulating Affect,” Megan Watkins explores residues of affect that linger to shape an individual: “a lasting impression that produces particular kinds of bodily capacities.” Watkins focuses on pedagogical relationships between students and teachers, yet her understanding of affective traces and desire for recognition applies to how I see current
artists relating to Lord Byron.

In this lecture, Kaila Rose will not be focusing on Byron’s relationships with his own contemporary painters– but instead showcase conversations she has had with artists today who have been inspired to explore themselves through shaping works of featuring Lord Byron. Some questions she posed to these artists––what was it that drew them to Byron and in what ways did moments erupt in life that they worked out on the canvas through Byron––illuminate a line of attraction resulting in artworks that capture a distinct Byronic aura. By reading Byron’s texts, these artists developed a desire to touch, to paint, to linger in his lines through creating their own translation of experiencing identification with the poet. The uncanniness in similarities of all artists––even in the diversity of their expressions––is what she will be sharing with the Byron community to honor and celebrate the continuation Byron’s influence in contemporary art.