Professor of History of Art at University of Bristol. Stephen Bann is a Fellow of the British Academy. He acted as Gerhard Lang’s advisor when the latter was writing the dissertation “John Constable’s Clouds are still passing” as part of his study at the Slade School of Fine Art in the mid-1990s. In collaboration with Lucius Burckhardt, Bann held a seminar in the field of the study of Spaziergangswissenschaft (Strollology) at Kassel University in 1991 (see Lucius Burckhardt).
Recommended reading: Ways Around Modernism. Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts, by Stephen Bann, Volume 2, Routledge, New York and London, 2007. In this publication Bann also talks about Lang’s cloud walks. See work: Cloud Walk 3
More about Stephen Bann and his publications:
Lucius Burckhardt (1925-2003):
Lucius Burckhardt lectured on the socio-economy of urban systems at the faculty of town planning and landscape planning at the Gesamthochschule Kassel (today University of Kassel). In connection with his research into landscape aesthetics, he founded the field of Spaziergangswissenschaft (Strollology) and continued his critical analysis of contemporary planning practices through the perspective of a stroller. His timeless concepts concerning people, their politics and the environment would substantially influence the discourse on planning theory. Burckhardt's vivid skills of observation and variety of subject matter are one reason why his concepts attract increasing interest on the part of artists, designers and economists etc. Gerhard Lang collaborated with Burckhardt on a regular basis since the end of the 1980s until 2003.
Recommended reading: Lucius Burckhardt. Warum ist Landschaft schön? Die Spaziergangswissenschaft, Markus Ritter and Martin Schmitz (ed.), Publisher Martin Schmitz, Berlin, 2006
More about Lucius Burckhardt and his publications: (German only)
Today Nubeology. See Nubeology and in Press: Cumulo Nimby
James Smith & Sons:
The umbrella, stick and cane shop on New Oxford Street in London’s West End where Gerhard Lang acquires the walking sticks for his work:
Device used by the police to create identikit photographs.
An image of a person’s face constructed from descriptions given to police; uses a set of fragments of various facial features that can be combined to build up a picture of the person sought.
The area of Gerhard Lang’s work dealing with the study of cloud aesthetics. A term coined by Lang in 1999.
See Work: Provincia Adumbrata. Encounters in the Realm of Shadows
The word strollology was coined in 1996 by the British art historian Stephen Bann and Gerhard Lang. Strollology is an interpretation of the German word Spaziergangswissenschaft, a field of study founded by Lucius Burckhardt (see above). Spaziergangswissenschaft was part of Burckhardt’s research into landscape aesthetics at Kassel University.
See Work: Palaeanthropical Physiognomy. Identikit Photographs
Laboratory in Schloss-Nauses, 1999
Photo: Edith Lang