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Click Here to Register What would media and literary studies look like, underwater? In Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater (2020), I show how the ocean can be a science fictional environment for defamiliarizing concepts, offering cold and briny contexts in which to rethink what it means to store and organize information. After outlining how scuba diving...
Watch the world premiere of Lázaro González’s film, Pándēmos (2021), this weekend for free here. The premiere a part of the Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale University. Lázaro González is a current PhD student in the Film & Media program at UC Berkeley. Synopsis: A gay Cuban filmmaker moves to San Francisco during the Covid-19...
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Filmmaker and Animator Kelly Sears in person to present an evening of award winning experimental animation films. Kelly Sears is an experimental animator who cuts up and collages imagery from American culture and politics to intervene with the history embedded in the frame. Working with appropriated images ranging from thrift store cast-offs to archival material, she uses...
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Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of the History of Art, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania November 20th, 5:00 pm 142 Dwinelle ...
Armond R. Towns
Click Here to Register for the Event Who is the human in media philosophy? Though media philosophers have argued since the twentieth century that media are fundamental to being human, this question has not been explicitly asked and answered in the field. Armond R. Towns demonstrates that humanity in media philosophy has implicitly referred to a social Darwinian understanding...
The Berkeley Film & Media Seminar Presents: WARREN SACK “A HISTORY OF THE DEMO AND A FUTURE FOR THE ESSAY”
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....
The Berkeley Film & Media Seminar Presents: SKIN IN THE GAME: GREYMARKET GAMBLING AND VIRTUAL CURRENCIES IN COUNTER-STRIKE
Speakers: Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux
Click Here to Register Points, scores, tokens, chips, coins, cash, stocks, scrips, after the the US housing bubble and the global financial crisis in 2008 and with the emergence of the gig economy, crypto assets, and platform capital over the last decade, money has gotten weird. Credit card points and frequent flyer miles make a game of...
The Berkeley Film & Media Seminar Presents: SEBASTIAN FRANKLIN “DIGITAILY, RACIAL CAPITALISM, AND THE INFORMATICS OF VALUE”
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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...
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Speaker: James Hodge
In the 1990s the emergence of the World Wide Web changed the media landscape decisively if uncertainly. In the first decade or so of the 2000s the tectonics of that media landscape again shifted with the rise of always-on computing: the milieu of smartphones, social media, and ubiquitous wireless networks. This second shift may be seen...
The Berkeley Film & Media Seminar presents: “City of Lost Souls” with ‘Dirty Looks’ Curator Bradford Nordeen
In 1983, German documentary enfant terrible Rosa Von Praunheim trained his lens on the trans and gender defying Americans who ruled the nightlife scene in Berlin as cultural émigrés. Scripting the loosest of narratives around their wily New Wave performances, City of Lost Souls follows Angie Stardust, who runs the boarding house and adjacent restaurant, "Burger Queen," where her lodgers earn...