Internationaler Workshop „Iconophobia? Rethinking Order and Disorder in the Mosaics of Jordan“ in Freiburg

31. Januar – 01. Februar 2019 in Freiburg







The churches in Byzantine and Umayyad-era
Jordan and Palestine attest to a fascinating
change in visual culture in their significant
alterations of mosaic pavements. The tesserae
of animal and human figures were removed,
shuffled, and reinserted to pixelate faces and
other body parts.
In the relevant field of study these phenomena
have so far been summarized as ›Iconophobia‹
and too narrowly considered as damage or loss
of the initial archaeological record. Instead, the
manipulations and restricted recognisability
even reinforce the visual and medial capacities
of these images and evoke a stronger
artifactual presence. These noisy surfaces have
a retarding effect on perception and perpetuate
the process of manufacture. This perspective
holds significant potential for future
archaeological research concerning the
aesthetics of abstraction, the interplay of
ornament and figure, text and image, order and

The FRIAS Project Group SurFace explores
new methodological approaches to describe,
analyze and (hope)fully understand the
complexity of such multi-layered image-artifact

Ort: FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminarraum








Fabian Stroth
Elisabeth Wagner-Durand

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Albertstr. 19, 79104 Freiburg i. Br.

Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften (IAW)
Abteilung für Byzantinische Archäologie
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg