A special After Hours event at the Museum with talks, performance, workshops and more.
This exciting After Hours event on 26 November 2021 showcasing a diverse range of researchers and performers who are connected to Dante. The event coincided with our free exhibition, Dante: The Invention of Celebrity and was organised in collaboration with the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).
5.30pm – ‘Enthousanding' words: Dante, inventor of language at the end of the Paradiso
With Dr Serena Vandi, Powys Roberts Research Fellow in European Literature, St Hugh’s College
6pm – Curator talk: Dante and the Invention of Celebrity
With Professor Gervase Rosser, Professor of the History of Art, Ertegun Director and Fellow of St Catherine’s College
6.30pm – Translating the language of Eden
With Professor Matthew Reynolds, Professor of English and Comparative Criticism; Tutorial Fellow, St Anne’s College
7pm – “These Dirty Avenues to Fame": Celebrity and Scandal in 18th-century Newspapers
With Dr Ruth Scobie, Stipendiary Lecturer in English, Mansfield College
7.30pm – The Icon, the Exile: Dante and Italian Street Art
Dr Macs Smith, Career Development Fellow in French at the Queen’s College
PERFORMANCE FROM AI-DA
The Humanities Cultural Programme Presents… Ai-Da, the world's first humanoid artist-robot
Ai-Da has contributed works to the Ashmolean Exhibition Dante: The Invention of Celebrity. This includes palimpsest works, featuring portraits of Beatrice and Dante in the Paradiso, and a lenticular artwork reflecting on the blindness of human progress when pursued at any cost in our technological age.
5.10pm – In Conversation with Ai-Da
Ai-Da, the world’s first humanoid artist-robot fields questions from children at Cheney School and the Rumble Museum. Gallery space is limited for this event and available on a first come first served basis.
6.15pm & 7.15pm – Ai-Da on Dante
i-Da performs poetry in response to Dante’s Divine Comedy and her creators, Aidan Meller and Lucy Seal, tell us more about the world’s first humanoid artist-robot. Gallery space is limited for this event and available on a first come first served basis.
5pm – The Oxford Baroque Ensemble
5.25pm – La Divina Commedia
5.45pm – The Oxford Baroque Ensemble
6.15pm – Ai-Da on Dante (live-streamed)
7pm – Inner Peace Records
7.20pm – The Oxford Baroque Ensemble performs
Dante’s Troubadours: A Lecture-Recital
5.30pm, 6.20pm and 7pm
With Lachlan Hughes, Stipendiary Lecturer in Italian, St Hilda’s College; and Joseph W. Mason, Junior Research Fellow, New College.
5.45pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm
With students Piers Kennedy (DPhil, Music Faculty) and Rowan Ireland (UG, Ruskin Schools of Art)
Explore the Greek Underworld
Poetry Workshop Guides, Journeys, Destinations
Interactive talk: Dante's Women, Who Would You Save?