Degree Zero of Sound and Image: Creation before the Act, ca. 1000-1700

How to conceive shape out of nothing and sound out of silence? Degree Zero of Sound and Image: Creation before the Act, ca. 1000-1700 examines the creative moment and the emergence of form that precede materialization. The project addresses the topic of creation by exploring the interrelationship between movement and stillness, silence and sound, early and late style, in order to identify debates about production and reproduction of cultural meaning in a period of great change and novelty, between the beginnings of the medieval intellectual tradition and the Enlightenment.
Degree Zero will be launched in Fall 2013; the project will run for three years.
Dr. Babette Hellemans (University of Groningen, NL) is the project leader of this project. Degree Zero has been conceived and developed from a broad range of disciplines  in collaboration with the EHESS in Paris, the University of Burgundy, the Institut Français in Frankfurt and NIAS Wassenaar. Co-participants and editors of the volume (to be published in 2016) are Martine Clouzot and Jean-Claude Schmitt. Three international meetings are planned as well as a peer-refereed publication with articles of the conference proceedings.