Ad Astra Lecture Series: Jessica Keating

Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: UT Dallas Davidson Auditorium
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

This talk explores how technological innovation could also serve as cultural and religious critique through a look at the Verkehrte Welt automaton. This sixteenth-century German mechanized work metabolized images of Protestant preachers in order to mock the Protestant belief that meaningful communication could occur between a Protestant minister and his congregation. Through its bewildering animated imagery, featuring an ape beating a lectern before a group of deer, the mechanics of Protestant ministry were laid bare and the fallibilities of verbal communication were rendered visually.

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