Textures of Technology: Film Production and Aesthetics
Thursday & Friday, September 19-20
Levis Faculty Center

A symposium organized by Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic/Comparative & World Literature/ Media & Cinema Studies), Anna Stenport (Germanic Languages & Literatures/Media & Cinema Studies), and Julie Turnock (Media & Cinema Studies) in collaboration with the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory.

This symposium will bring together film, media, and cinema scholars from Europe and the United States, working on a range of topics relating to film technology. Drawing on the definition of "texture" as "touch; appearance, finish, surface, grain; quality, consistency; weave," questions addressed at this symposium are expected to include the following: How are technologies used to bring forth a sense of film texture? How do film technology and aesthetics interact as a "textural" practice? What aspects of technology as material practice have particular resonance for creating texture, whether in digital or analog formats? How can specific elements of sound technology, editing, production design, costume, visual effects, illusion of motion, layering, or landscape portrayal help us conceive of a texture in relation to film?


Thursday September 19 (Levis Faculty Center, 2nd Floor)

8:00pm: Keynote Lecture
Tom Gunning (Chicago), "Cinema of Digits: The Elusive Touch, the Elusive Grasp"

Friday September 20 (Levis Faculty Center, Music Room)

9:00am, Coffee Reception

9:30am, Welcome

10:00am-11:30am: Visual Technologies
Rosalind Galt (King's College, London), "Against the Grain?: Queer Textures in Contemporary European Cinema"
Jennifer Barker (Georgia State), "Be-hold: Tactility, Temporality, and Friction in the 'Thumbnail Image"
Moderator: James Hay (Media & Cinema Studies)

11:30am-11:45am, Coffee Break

11:45am -1:15pm: Sound Technologies
James Lastra (Chicago), "Technologies of the Voice: A Deep History"
Scott MacKenzie (Queen's University, Canada), "The Grain of the Voice, Absent Images, Technology and the Textural Past in Hiroshima mon amour and Persona"
Moderator: Anke Pinkert (Germanic Languages & Literatures/Media & Cinema Studies)

1:15pm-2:15pm, LUNCH

2:15pm-4:15pm: Tactile Technologies
Lisa Bloom (UCLA), "Extreme Environments: Film Technology and Aesthetics in Isaac Julien's True North and Fantome Afrique"
Margaret Flinn (Ohio State), "Strategic Resistance: Interactive Cinema and the Haptic"
James Hodge (Northwestern), "Glitch, or the Exteriority of Writing"
Moderator: JB Capino (Unit for Criticism/English/Media & Cinema Studies)

4:15pm-4:30pm, Coffee Break

4:30pm-5:30pm, Closing Roundtable
Tom Gunning (Chicago), Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic/Comparative & World Literature/Media & Cinema Studies), Anna Stenport (Germanic Languages & Literatures/Media & Cinema Studies), Julie Turnock (Media & Cinema Studies)
Moderator: Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Unit for Criticism/English)

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center through US Department of Education Title VI and European Union Center of Excellence grants; the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures; Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP), Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Media & Cinema Studies; Center for Advanced Study; Department of English; Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese; Program in Comparative & World Literature; Department of French/French@Illinois.