Faculty Research Forum: Susan Jarosi, Art History

"Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology"

When Nov 30, 2012
from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM
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"Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology"

Susan Jarosi, Art History

Friday, 30 November 2012

3:30 pm, Bingham Humanities Room 300


 “Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology” examines the films and videos of the artist Raphael Ortiz as a case study through which to elaborate a broader argument about the significance of recycling within the history of post-war experimental film. The production of Ortiz’s found-footage films (1957-58) and Computer-Laser-Videos (1984-present) corresponds precisely and respectively to the historical development of the environmentalist movement and modern forms of recycling in the United States. It pursues the implications of recycling both as a material and ecological practice: the act of recycling underscores the purposively selective process of gathering and handling filmic materials; it also critically shapes a set of artistic, ethical, and social concerns. In doing so, this research aims to expand upon existing approaches to recycled cinema – which have chiefly attributed the genre’s significance to its juxtaposition of extraneous images – by considering more literally the priorities of materials and process intrinsic to the practice of recycling.   

Jarosi has an essay on this subject forthcoming in SCREEN.  



Faculty Research Forum is a venue where colleagues try out or report on their scholarly or creative work to interdisciplinary audiences. Commonly FRF meets once a month on Friday at 3:30, following the Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly, almost always in Bingham Humanities Room 300. It includes a presentation followed by a lively Q&A, fueled by various sorts of refreshments.

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