Videographic Deformations: How (and Why) to Break Your Favorite Films | Jason Mittell

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

5:30 pm

Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building Map

Sponsored by:
Department of Art & Art History

Deformative criticism has emerged as an innovative site of critical practice within media studies and digital humanities, revealing new insights into media texts by “breaking” them in controlled or chaotic ways. Media scholars are particularly well situated to such experimentation, as many of our objects of study exist in digital forms that lend themselves to wide-ranging manipulation. Building on Jason Mittell's experiments with Singin' in the Rain and his "Frankenstein's Television" video (included in Stanford's Videographic Frankenstein exhibit), this presentation discusses a range of deformations applied to film and television, considering what we can learn by breaking a media text in creative and unexpected ways.

Jason Mittell is Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies, and founder of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative at Middlebury College. His books include Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling (NYU Press, 2015), The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound and Image (with Christian Keathley; caboose books, 2016), and co-editor of How to Watch Television (with Ethan Thompson; NYU Press, 2013). He is project manager for [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, co-director of the NEH-supported workshop series Scholarship in Sound & Image, and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center.

Exhibition
Videographic Frankenstein
September 26, 2018 – October 26, 2018
Dr Sidney & Iris Miller Discussion Space
On view: Monday - Friday | 10am-5pm
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Image: Jason Mittell

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When:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building Map
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Free and open to the public

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Arts Lecture / Reading Visual 

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General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
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