Event Date: 19 November 2018
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
The 2018 David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture
Professor Catherine Grant (Birkbeck) – Screen studies as device?: Working through the video essay
“And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony”. Viktor Shklovsky, 1917
In this lecture, Professor Grant will take up some of the challenges set by Viktor Shklovsky in his 1917 essay “Art as Device” and explore the ways in which experimental modes of creative practice – in particular, the techniques and forms of digital remix and found footage-based video essays – can be put to the service of a project of de-habitualizing film and moving image studies. Professor Grant will show and discuss her own videographic experiments with what Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin have referred to in her work as ‘the dispositif’: a game-structure in which parameters are set and then patiently carried out, with the results to be studied and sometimes tinkered with and taken further, perhaps in a future audio visual piece.
Introduction by Professor James Knowles (Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Royal Holloway):