Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research: Cinematic Migrations

Renee Green
Office: E15-225
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Levels: U and G-H
Units 3-3-6.
Prerequisite for 4.314: 4.301, 4.302 or permission of instructor
Prerequisite for 4.315: Permission of instructor

Desire for cinema perhaps existed before its creation. Questions regarding this speculation and the variety of ways this longing has been addressed in the past and present form the basis of inquiry in this workshop.  Cinema can now be thought in the present as the umbrella term used for the variety of moving image and time-based forms that currently circulate and which have intersecting, yet specific histories of emergence. Cinema’s history now includes debates over formats, yet as the celluloid matter of film becomes more distant and as digital forms increase, cinema in its expanded sense is becoming further realized. Cinematic migrations will be a multi-faceted look at the role of cinema’s transmutations over time and its worldwide and circuitous shift, which include the integrations of its form into online video and television, spatial installations, performance and dance, as well as its appearance in many formats and portable devices.

The workshop will include explorations of the emergence of cinemas on local and national levels that have migrated through the world to varying effect.  Readings will include philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image and Cinema 2: The Time Image. Included for exploration will be works that challenge and embrace cinematic genres and include that of: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lars von Trier, Claire Denis, Ousmane Sembene, Chris Marker, John Akomfrah, Hollis Frampton, Chantal Akerman, Harun Farocki, Jia Zhangke, Lucretia Martel, and Karim Aïnouz. Presentations and conversations with guests engaged in the field will also take place. The workshop is meant to stimulate further experiments in transdisciplinary forms and to broaden the perception of cinema now.



  • U, H-level Grad: U, HASS Arts
    Prereq: permission of instructor
    Units: u: 3-3-6, g: tba
  • Schedule: Mon 7:00-9:00 pm and Tues 9:30am-12:30pm
    Location: mon: e15-001; tues: e15-207