16. (digital) German Talk – Veronica Calarco’s PhD Exhibition ‘This is a Language Warning!’

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all doing well during these unfortunately still very unsettling times.

Because we are currently still unable to open our School of Art Galleries to the public, I decided to put together another ‘digital’ German Talk to give you a chance to see some of Veronica Calarco’s great works, which comprise part of her PhD in Fine Art, and to maybe expand your German vocabulary a bit more at the same time. The below presentation will only show part of her work, but you will find a link to her online exhibition in this text and in the presentation, if you would like to see all her images.

I would like to mention here that there are Kurnai and Welsh names of places, persons and images included in this talk. I speak neither language and would like to apologise in advance for my terrible pronunciation of them. This is rather due to lack of skill than disrespect to either language or the people who speak them.

After uploading the presentation, I also realised that the quality is not ideal and that the images tend to be quite pixelated, particularly in full screen mode. Unfortunately, I could find no solution for this. The online exhibition, which you can access via www.aberunidegreeshow.com/veronica-calarco-phd  includes images of much better quality, so I recommend to visit it afterwards.

To watch the presentation, all you have to do is click the ‘play’-button. You find the ‘expand’ symbol in the lower right corner. To leave full screen, simply press ‘escape’.

The PDF is a transcript of the presentation. You might want to download and print it as it also includes some vocabulary and exercises.

I hope you will enjoy the talk and Veronica’s fantastic images.

As usual, I welcome feedback – be it positive or negative. You can either use the comment box below or email me: kaw25@aber. ac.uk

All the best wishes, and stay safe,


(Curatorial & Technical Assistant)

15. (Digital) German Talk – Eine Reise auf dem Nil (A Journey on the Nile)

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you all had a lovely summer – despite the on-going situation.

Given that many of us are currently not able or prefer not to go on any trips, I thought I might take you on a virtual journey on the river Nile in this talk. I came across a variety of 19th century photographs of Egypt in our School of Art collection and, as I did a wonderful Nile cruise myself years ago, thought it might be a nice topic for a German Talk. I tried to keep it short, but discovered in the end that it is possibly the longest Talk I have created so far. However, at least you can go through it at your own pace, listening and reading as much as you like at a time. Because of the length of the Talk, I decided not to add any extra exercises, but you will find some vocabulary within the text. I hope you will find it interesting and enjoyable.

I’m still working on the sound quality of my presentations, so apologies for the current, tinny sound.  

As usual, feedback – whether positive or negative – would be appreciated. You can write in the comment box below or email me directly: kaw25@aber.ac.uk

All the very best wishes and keep safe,


Some instructions:

  The PDF is the document with the text that I would normally hand out during a talk and which I would usually upload here on the museum’s blog afterwards. You might want to download it first of all. Print if off if you can, so that you can read it whilst you are watching the presentation.

  I would recommend to click the ‘HD’-symbol to the right of the lower black panel to watch a better quality of the presentation and to enlarge it to full screen with the symbol on the far right.

As usual, you are very welcome to print out everything for your own personal use, but please don’t distribute or use anything for any other cause, especially the images, as they might be under copyright.


Baedeckers Allianz Reiseführer Ägypten. 5th ed. Verlag Karl Baedecker, 1992.













https://vimeo.com – Ibrahim A. Ali: New Insights from the Photographic Archives of the Pioneer Studios of Antonio Beato and Attaya Gaddis









https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/88/ UNESCO World Heritage Site



14. (Digital) German Talk – June 2020 – Frederick Walker – 19th. Century Illustrator

13. German Talk – Follow-up


it was lovely seeing you all yesterday, and I hope you enjoyed the talk and the exhibtions. For those who couldn’t make it, they are still open until the 1st May 2020, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm (closed Easter 10th – 17th April).

As usual, you can download and print a copy of the talk for personal use. All content and images are subject to copyright:

13. German Talk – A Radical Tradition Text – 4 March 2020

The next German Talk will be advertised here and in the other usual places, such as the EGO magazine, as soon as possible. However, I am actually in the process of planning and curating an exhibition for the summer (my very first!), so I probably won’t have the time to organise another German Talk before the middle or end of June.

All the very best und bis bald,


Follow-up 12. German Talk

Hello all,

it was lovely seeing those of you who could make it at yesterday’s ‘German Talk’ about John Duffin’s Retrospective. I hope you enjoyed the exhibition.

As usual, those who could not be there or didn’t take a copy of the text, are welcome to download it here free of charge:

12. German Talk – John Duffin Talk – 09 December 2019

Everything, including the image, is under copyright, so please don’t use it for any other purpose.

Fröhliche Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins Jahr 2020!

All the best,


PS: John Duffin’s and Simon Pierse’s exhibitions will be on until the 7th of February 2020, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. We are closed from the 23rd of December 2019 until the 3rd of January 2020.

10. German Talk – Follow Up

Hello everybody,

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s talk and walk around our lovely Edward Davies building, aka the School of Art.

As usual, you can download and print a copy of the talk here. 

For those who got curious and would like to read up on Freemasons’ art and architecture, these are the books which I used in my research. There are also of course many sources online:

Handbook of Freemasonry, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Joannes Augustinus Maria Snoek, published by Brill, 2014

The art & architecture of Freemasonry: an introductory study, by James Stevens Curl, published by Batsford, 2002

As I mentioned during the talk, I’m certainly no expert on Freemasonry, so I interpreted and translated the information I gathered to the best of my understanding.

For those who would like to find out more about the history of the university, this is quite and extensive source:

The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1872-1972, by E. L. Ellis, published by University of Wales Press, 1972

I will announce the date for the next ‘German Talk’ as soon as possible on this blog, the EGO magazine and via email for those who have signed-up. If you would like to be included in the email list about the French and German Talks, please contact me on kaw25@aber.ac.uk.

All the best wishes,



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