Cinema, Architecture and Collectivity: Report on a Reversed Movie Production
This Friday, February 10, 2012
Stony Brook University Manhattan facility
101 East 27th Street, Room 321 B
between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
Imagine a reversed movie production process – one starting with the advertising campaign and – moving backwards through all the normal stages of postproduction and production, – ends where it all normally starts: with the writing of a screenplay. Imagine next the screening situation for the outcome of this production: an architectural environment built from the cinematic materials of this production – a veritable Cinecitta if there ever was one. No mere fantasy, such a project was in fact realized in 2007 under the direction of the German artist Tobias Rehberger and starring Hollywood luminaries such as Kim Basinger, Willem Dafoe and Danny de Vito, among many others.
In her lecture Blom will discuss the wider ramifications of an artistic project that is only one (if perhaps the most spectacular) among a series of recent artworks that stage encounters between architecture and moving image media such as cinema and television. The mediatic aspects of contemporary architecture are well known, as are the architectural qualities of various types of media spaces. However, by raising the very encounter between cinema and architecture to a principle, these works above all bring out the question of how collectivity is thought or figured within such an environment. The wider framework for the discussion is the question between art and social ontologies, brought on by the influx of so-called “social” or “relational” art productions.
Ina Blom is a professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo. Recent publications include On the Style Site: Art, Sociality and Television Culture (Sternberg Press, 2007); The Postal Performance of Ray Johnson (Sittard, 2003); and Joseph Beuys (Gyldendal, 2001). A former music critic, she also works as an art critic, contributing to Artforum, Parkett, Afterall, frieze, and Texte zur Kunst. Ina Blom is currently heading the interdisciplinary research project named The Archive in Motion, which deals with changes in our understanding of social memory due to the impact of new media technologies.
Organized by the Art History and Criticism graduate students of Stony Brook University