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Fall 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014
Tom Gunning (Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
Cinema of Digits: the Elusive Touch, the Evasive Grasp, the Open Gesture
3:30 pm Curtin 175
Recorded video (Mediasite, with slides)
Recorded video (YouTube, without slides)

Do new media eliminate the hand and deliver us over to the regime of the eye? Is there a tactile aspect of both cinema and digital media? (After all, the term "digital" comes originally from digits, fingers—we have ten of them.) In this talk, Tom Gunning will explore how the moving image, both new and old, relates to the hand as well as the eye, and what the best way of understanding this dimension of cinema might be.

Brown bag lunch seminar with Tom Gunning
Friday, December 5
12 noon Curtin 939
Reading: Tom Gunning, "The Art of Succession: Reading, Writing, and Watching Comics," Critcal Inquiry 40, no. 3 (Spring 2014): 36-51.

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

Tom Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work has concentrated on early cinema, as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose (relating it to still photography, stage melodrama, magic lantern shows, as well as wider cultural concerns such as the tracking of criminals, the World Expositions, and Spiritualism). His concept of the “cinema of attractions” has tried to relate the development of cinema to other forces than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, and an emerging modern visual culture.

He has written on the Avant-Garde film, both in its European pre-World War I manifestations and the American Avant-Garde film up to the present day. He has also written on genre in Hollywood cinema and on the relation between cinema and technology. D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film traces the ways film style interacted with new economic structures in the early American film industry and with new tasks of story telling. The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity deals with the systematic nature of the director’s oeuvre and the processes of interpretation.

UWM Year of the Humanities

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