During this seminar, Emanuele Lugli will explore the overlooked relationship of fashion and cartography in constructing notions of territoriality. Through either tailoring patterns or triangulation operations, both practices relied on geometrical schemes to construct a measured sense of place. Through a comparison of the two, this seminar will reflect on early modern ideas concerning statecraft and habitat.
Emanuele Lugli (PhD, Institute of Fine Arts/NYU 2009) teaches at the University of York and writes about Italian art, with an emphasis on metrics, scale, exactness and imprecision, speed and inertia, and the ongoing challenges to art history posed by network and complexity theories. He has published a book on the spatial and cultural revolution brought about by the metric system in Napoleonic Italy (Unità di Misura: Breve Storia del Metro in Italia, 2014). He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Max Planck Institut in Florence and visiting professor at the University of Cologne.