“The Cinematic Image: A Radically Novel Form” by Tom Gunning (Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago)
Tuesday June 07, 2022 | 18-20 h (CEST) [online]
All registered participants will receive an email with the Google Meet link a day before the event.
In this talk Tom Gunning will investigate the novelty of the cinematic image: its quality as a profoundly different sort of representation, based in technology and the interface between spectators and an apparatus, and characterized both by being a moving image and an image that is nonmaterial, carried by light moving through space.
Working on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture since long, Tom Gunning (University of Chicago, emeritus) has published extensively on early cinema as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose, as he has argued, relating it to still photography, stage melodrama, magic lantern shows, as well as wider cultural concerns such as the World Expositions and the major technological revolutions which ushered in modernity. In his seminal studies of the “cinema of attractions”, the concept he famously proposed, he set a new research agenda for early cinema studies by relating the development of cinema to other forces than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, the relation between cinema and technology, and an emerging modern visual culture. Film culture, the avant-garde movements, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and spectator’s experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.