Book Launch and Panel Discussion: Why we watch film with others

BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION

WHY WE WATCH FILMS WITH OTHERS
ON THE VALUE OF THE CINEMA AS PLACE OF COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCES

Where: Waterfront Room (EYE Film Institute Amsterdam)
When: Friday, December 15 from 14:45 to 17:00

Interested people can come to the EYE Waterfront Room. There is no need to register and the event is for free.

How do other cinema viewers influence our experience of a film? Why do we like to watch movies as part of an audience and what is annoying about it? And what may be the social value of the movie theater in times of individualized film viewing on mobile screens and alone at home?
On the occasion of the publication of the first comprehensive study on the experience of watching film with others, the EYE Film Institute hosts an event on the cinema as a place of collective experiences. After an introduction to Julian Hanich’s book The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience film historian Frank Kessler, critic Dana Linssen and film theorist Julian Hanich will discuss what makes the cinema, more than 120 years after its invention, still such an invaluable public space.

Invited Speakers:

  • Julian Hanich (Professor of Film Studies, University of Groningen)
  • Dana Linssen (Film Critic, NRC Handelsblad, Filmkrant)
  • Frank Kessler (Professor of Film & Television History, Utrecht University)
  • Annie van den Oever (Professor of Film Studies, University of Groningen)

Programme:

14:45: Opening/Meet & Greet
15:00: Welcome and Introduction by Annie van den Oever
15:10: Presentation/book launch of Julian Hanich’s The Audience Effect
15:30: Panel discussion with Dana Linssen, Frank Kessler and Julian Hanich
17:00: Drinks/snacks at the bar of the EYE Film Institute

 

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The Audience Effect
On the Collective Cinema Experience

Hardback  £75 | €85    Nov 2017    336 pages
9781474414951   Also available in ebook

“This book moves its attention from the images on the screen to the audience gathered in the film theatre and eventually tells ‘their’ stories. Hanich makes a spectacular shift, and he unfolds a reality that film studies has partly forgotten, as well as cinema’s nature as a ‘democratic’ art. A rigorous and fascinating book that will revamp audience studies.” – Prof Francesco Casetti, Yale

“An immensely important contribution to the phenomenology of cinema… its rigorous descriptions of the structures, effects, and affects entailed in collective viewing are extraordinarily enlivened by many examples and extremely accessible prose.” – Prof Vivian Sobchack, UCLA

Attending a film in a cinema implies being influenced by other people, an ‘audience effect’ that is particularly noticeable once affective responses like laughter, weeping, embarrassment, or anger play a role. In this book, Julian Hanich explores the subjectively lived experience of watching films together, to discover a fuller understanding of cinema as an art form and a social institution. Combining recent scholarly interest in viewers’ emotions and affects with insights from the blossoming debate about collective emotions in philosophy and social psychology, this study makes viewers more aware of their own experience in the cinema, and simultaneously opens up a new line of research for film studies.

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