International conference organized by the Department of Film, Photography and Media of the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania 24-25. October, 2014.
Intermediality has emerged as one of the major theoretical issues of contemporary thinking about film bringing a fresh view upon the ways in which the moving pictures can incorporate forms of all other media, and can initiate “dialogues” between the distinct arts. By organizing this conference we would like to initiate a wider discussion among scholars whose researches may be connected to the idea of inter-media relations in moving images and are engaged in deeper explorations into the poetics of intermediality in film. In the past few decades there have been several important theoretical works that have dealt with the ways in which moving images operate within a network of interrelated media and with instances in which the boundaries between individual media and arts have been effectively blurred through techniques that enable the features of one medium to resurface within another, and which may offer theoretical vantage points for analyzing possible figurations of intermediality. We may list here studies re-evaluating cinema’s connections to traditional forms of visual arts (e.g. Angela Dalle Vacche’s, Susan Felleman’s, Belén Vidal’s, Steven Jacobs’s works on cinema and painting, or theoretical analyses of the figuration of the tableau vivant in cinema in seminal books by Brigitte Peucker, Pascal Bonitzer, Joachim Paech, etc.), but also the recent studies referring to the relationship of cinema and photography (e.g. Damian Sutton, Garrett Stewart, Régis Durand, David Campany, etc.), and implicitly to the relationship of stillness and motion within cinema, along with analyses of the connections between cinema, video and installation art (e.g. Raymond Bellour, Yvonne Spielmann, etc.).
In the context of shifting paradigms in film poetics from stylistic patterns of modern or postmodern cinema towards what we may term as “post-media cinema,” the figural aspects of intermediality also manifest new forms that may require a search for further theoretical perspectives for identifying and interpreting techniques that figurate intermedial relations. In doing so, perhaps, we should also keep in mind that although intermediality often occurs as a form of aesthetic detachment or as some sort of hypermedia ornamentalism, such figurations can also insist on “tangibility,” or, as Brigitte Peucker reminds us in her book, The Material Image. Art and the Real in Film (2007), on “the merger of representation with reality,” both through establishing the viewers’ intimacy with the medium and through the performative potential of such figures to produce an increasingly haptic cinema, a cinema of “sensual excess” in which the “body” of the medium and the mediation of bodies and sensations sometimes become intertwined in ways that may suggest a rethinking of the figurations of intermediality from the perspective of phenomenology or visual anthropology, and so on. As such, intermedial figurations may be conceived as open to a wide range of philosophical, aesthetical, ideological, historical, and media theoretical interpretations that we hope papers presented at this conference will explore.
Proposals are invited to address (but are not limited to) the following questions either from a theoretical point of view or through concrete analyses:
Intermediality and the figurations of intermediality in film from a theoretical perspective: a) theories of intermediality and intermedial figurations (film and media theoretical, philosophical approaches, psychoanalysis, visual anthropology etc.); b) intermediality and the concept of “the figural” and “figuration” as discussed by Lyotard, Deleuze, Rodowick, etc.
The rhetoric of intermedial cinema, art theoretical and aesthetical considerations: figuration and (dis)figuration, mise-en-abyme and embedding, intermediality and metalepsis, the tableau vivant in cinema, possible trans-medial “adaptations” of traditional rhetorical figures/tropes (e.g. ekphrasis, hypotyposis, etc.),
Intermediality and inter-sensuality in film: figures that merge “hypermediacy” with “immediacy,” the represented and sensed body as a site of intermedial figurations, etc.
Remediated images as figurations of intermediality and post-mediality: recontextualization as/and remediation, reframing, media collage, remix, etc.
Figurations of intermediality as imprints of (and meditations upon) history and time, cultural and personal identity or intercultural exchange: a) relating the rhetoric of intermediality to the specific personal, cultural, historical, ideological contexts, ideas and artistic paradigms in which they occur; b) the poetics and politics of intermediality in the cinema of Eastern and Central Europe.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Brigitte Peucker (Yale University, USA), author of Incorporating Images: Film and the Rival Arts (1995), The Material Image: Art and the Real in Film (2007), currently working on a book titled Aesthetic Spaces: The Place of Art in Film.
Eivind Røssaak (National Library of Norway), author of The Still/Moving Image: Cinema and the Arts (2010), and editor of the volume Between Stillness and Motion (2011).
Deadline for the submission of proposals: June 30, 2014.
Submission of proposals: please download the submission form from our website, complete and send it as an attachment to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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