Film and Media Studies

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FIVE-COLLEGE SEMINAR LED BY VICTOR BURGIN

Friday, April 10th, 10-11:30

Room 217 in Fayerweather Hall

 

In the 20th-century the criterion of ?specificity? ? that which distinguishes one art practice from another ? became foundational to aesthetic modernism. With ?postmodernism? previously irreconcilable differences between art forms became routinely ignored in a celebration of pastiche and hybridity. Victor Burgin will argue that far from making the concept of specificity redundant, such developments have rendered it unavoidable in any critically self-aware art practice. He will describe how ?considerations of specificity? are taken into account in his own art practice, with particular reference to two of his recent works for projection: A Place to Read (2010), and Mirror Lake (2013).

Artist and scholar Victor Burgin is Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Emeritus Millard Chair of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Burgin first came to prominence in the late 1960s, when his work appeared in such key exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form
(1969) and Information (1970). He has remained one of the most consistently influential conceptual artists and theorists. Burgin?s artistic and academic work intersects with issues in art history, photography, cinema, painting, architecture, critical theory, and philosophy, offering a valuable interdisciplinary platform for scholarly discussion. Burgin currently holds a Mellon Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship at the University of Chicago.

SYMPOSIUM ON JAMES BALDWIN

SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH 2015

Please join us for a day-long symposium on the work of James Baldwin at Amherst College on Saturday, March 28th. Speakers, titles, and times are on the attached poster for the symposium. All talks are at Alumni House on the Amherst College campus.

As well, we will be hosting a screening of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, featuring introduction and discussion with producer/director Karen Thorsen and her collaborator Douglas Dempsey. 

http://www.jamesbaldwinproject.org/TheOriginalFilm.html

Released in 1990 to critical acclaim, the film is currently being revised and re-edited for wide-release. The screening will take place at Amherst College, in Fayerweather Hall 115 at 12:45 on Saturday, March 28th. 

All parts of the symposium are open to the public. Contact John Drabinski (jdrabinski@amherst.edu) with any questions.

 

SYMPOSIUM ON JAMES BALDWIN

Film Screening Events

The Film and Media Studies Program is pleased to offer film screenings and other events in support of its academic mission.  FAMS events may include screenings by both established and burgeoning filmmakers; guest lectures by critical historians and theorists; and workshops/lectures by writers and producers working in film, television, video, and new media.  The FAMS Events Calendar will also feature film screening opportunities sponsored by other departments on the Amherst College campus.  Please join us!

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May 2015