[SydPhil] Ethics and Aesthetics of Audiovisual Fabulation, Macquarie University, October 16

Robert Sinnerbrink robert.sinnerbrink at mq.edu.au
Wed Oct 10 06:43:13 AEDT 2018

Dear All,

The following item may be of interest.

The Ethics and Aesthetics of Audiovisual Fabulation

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10HA189 (Screen Studio, MMCCS)
Macquarie University

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A workshop organised by Dr Ilona Hongisto (MMCCS) and A/Prof Robert Sinnerbrink (Philosophy)

This workshop explores the conceptual genealogy of the idea of ‘fabulation’ and its role in audiovisual practices with the aim of responding to the challenges posed to concepts of truth and falsity by developments in the current media environment. It focuses on the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of media ecology, where audiovisual narrative forms no longer rely on a strict division between ‘the true’ and ‘the false’ but rather engage with belief and disbelief, affective transformation, and the provocation of thought.

The keynote address will be delivered by Gregory Flaxman, Associate Professor and Director of Global Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (abstract and bio below).

10–10.15am Welcome

10.15–11.45am Session 1
Dr Lisa Trahair (UNSW): TBA

Philip Martin (PhD Candidate, Macquarie University): The Unimagined Life is Not Worth Living: Imagination, Repetition, and the Hidden Animation of History

Dr Tom Murray (Macquarie University): Future ghosts: Elcho Island histories drawn into the present, a Mokuy story

11.45am–12.45pm Lunch break

12.45–2pm Keynote
A/Prof Gregory Flaxman (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): The Evolution of Images

2–2.15pm Break

2.15-3.45pm Session 2
Dr Ilona Hongisto (Macquarie University): Pedagogy of Perception: Fabulation and the documentary frame in Sergei Loznitsa’s ‘Austerlitz’ (2016)

A/Prof Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University): Truth, performance, and appearance: the paradox of cinematic candour

Adam Daniel (PhD Candidate, University of Western Sydney): Being There: The Problem of Immersion, Subjectivity and Point of View in Narrative VR Cinema

3.45–4.15pm Final discussion

Keynote abstract and bio:

Gregory Flaxman: The Evolution of Images

Over the past twenty years, critics and scholars have pursued the study of new media to an ever more distant—“archaeological,” “geological,” and even “elemental”—past. This talk considers the image in an even longer durée: specifically, I argue that the nature of the screen, which dominates contemporary visual culture, ought to be grasped in an evolutionary and even astrobiological history. More profoundly still, my lecture contends that the introduction of moving-image technology (“kinema”) marks an evolutionary event, namely, the possibility of fabulating images of evolution (of images). Hence, I conclude by looking at Terrence Mallick’s two “prehistoric” films—The Tree of Life (2011) and The Voyage of Time (2016)—to grapple with the imbrication of moving images and cosmogenesis.

Gregory Flaxman is Associate Professor and Director of Global Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy, the editor of The Brain is the Screen, and the co-author of a forthcoming book on film, faith, and philosophy (from Edinburgh University Press). He is currently writing a book with Anne Sauvagnargues on "Control Societies."

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink

Associate Professor / Former ARC Future Fellow

Department of Philosophy  |   Faculty of Arts

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