Faculty Research Forum:Susan Jarosi, Art History

Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology: A Talk on Raphael Ortiz.
When Nov 30, 2012
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Humanities BLDG, Room 300
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Contact Phone 502-852-8977
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Piano Destruction ConcertSusan Jarosi 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.

The Faculty Research Forum, presented by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, is a series of talks in which colleagues share their ongoing research projects. These talks are free and open to all (faculty, students, staff, and the public) and include a reception.

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