Berkeley Film & Media Seminar

Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dwinelle Hall 142

Speaker: Sebastian Franklin

This talk examines the racial-capitalist foundations of digital notions of information, communication, and self-regulation. Drawing on published and archival media-historical material, Franklin will argue that the complex of value and dispossession constitutes an informatic mechanism whose logical and material foundations shape the twentieth-century development of digital devices, ways of seeing, and modes of organization.   Seb Franklin is...


Thu, Nov 21, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dwinelle 142 (Nestrick Room)

Speaker: Warren Sack

In a chapter on rhetoric in his recently published book, The Software Arts (MIT Press, 2019) he recounts a history of demonstration.  Aristotle tells us that the strongest rhetoric is closely tied to logical demonstration.  The history of the “demo” starts in ancient Greece, when definitive demonstration was a matter of deduction as practiced in geometry. In the 17th c....


Thu, Nov 14, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dwinelle Hall 142 (Nestrick Room)

Speaker: Priya Jaikumar

  The space of a screen image has traditionally dominated conversations about cinematic space, because it is the most visually spectacular of its spaces.  With the intent to dislodge the centrality, though not the significance, of cinema’s visual space, in my book Where Histories Reside I follow commercial, art and nontheatrical films shot on location in India by...


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