Live Painting

Underwater Lines

Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
3 June 2022 h 6.30pm

Underwater Lines, a live performance by Stefano Ricci, Manuele Fior, Giacomo Piermatti and Daniele Roccato was the closing event of the international conference. A full immersion into the art of comics and its expressive potential that brought together artist and scholars from all of Europe and beyond. Music by Giacomo Piermatti and Daniele Roccato.

with: Stefano Ricci, Manuele Fior
music: Giacomo Piermatti, Daniele Roccato
video: Blubananastudio

and the Invisible

Intertwining Academic and Artistic Perspectives

Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
3 - 4 June 2022

Can comics be understood as an invisible art, or as an art of the invisible? How can they be a tool for telling stories that rarely find space within the ordinary ecology of visual media? Is this art of the invisible an instrument to connect with other dimensions?

“Comics and the Invisible” calls for ideas, analytical methodologies, and theoretical vocabularies to articulate the limits of visibility within comics culture. Inspired by the EU funded project “Invisible Lines” the conference investigates different aspects of the invisible in comics culture, as a complex notion that can offer a fresh perspective around what is seen and what is not seen – and the motivations behind these absences – within the historical and/or contemporary traditions of the ninth art.

All panels will be translated in English.


Friday, 3 June 2022

9:15 – 9:30

Welcome greetings

Francesco Piraino, Director of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities
Matteo Stefanelli, Catholic University of Milan
Emilio Varrà, Hamelin

9:30 – 11

Tracking and Teaching the Invisible: Lynda Barry’s comics

Maaheen Ahmed, Ghent University

Playing with the Invisible: Novel, Movies, Comics

Daniele Barbieri, Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna

11:30am – 1pm

How to Make the Invisible Visible? Some Innovative Approaches in 21st-Century Comic Art

Francesca Pietropaolo, Art Critic and Curator

The color next door: Forms, functions, and politics of the chromatic hypallage in clear line comics

David Pinho Barros, University of Porto / ILCML

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Making visible the invisible: representations of the spiritual in religiously themed Japanese manga

Carolina Ivanescu, University of Amsterdam

3.15pm - 4.15pm

Artists’ round table

Yvan Alagbé, Dominique Goblet, Stefano Ricci
moderator: Ilaria Tontardini
(in French with English translation)

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Artists’ round table

Lorenzo Mattotti, Manuele Fior
moderator: Emilio Varrà
(in Italian with English translation)

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Live Painting

Stefano Ricci and Manuele Fior (illustrations)
Giacomo Piermatti and Daniele Roccato (music)

Saturday, 4 June 2022

9:30 – 11

‘I Envy the Lichen’: Yulia Nikitina’s Landscapes of the Russian Soul

José Alaniz, University of Washington

Lived and abandoned spaces: invisibilities in comparison

Rodolfo Dal Canto, University of L’Aquila

11:30 – 1pm

The Color of Paper: Racial Invisibility in the Comics Medium

Chris Gavaler, Washington Lee University

The invisibility of comics made in isolation: Charlotte Salomon, Karel Frans Drenthe and Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro

Erwin Dejasse, Université Libre de Bruxelles

2.30pm - 4pm

Dancing with the (in)visibile: graphic fragments of forced migration from the Mediterranean

Silvia Vari, University of Warwick

Immersive marginality. Comics and the cultural power of (its) invisibility

Matteo Stefanelli, Catholic University of Milan

4.15pm – 5pm

Lectio magistralis

Juraj Horváth

5.15pm – 6pm

Lectio magistralis

David B.
(in Italian with English translation)