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Division of Languages and Literature presents

Gabriele Pedulla

Monday, November 12, 2012

Movies and Spectators After the Cinema

GABRIELE PEDULLÀ is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Rome III. He published a book on the partisan writer Beppe Fenoglio (2001) and a monograph on Machiavelli’s theory of conflict (2011). For his first book of fiction, the prize-winning collection of short stories Spanish Made Simple (Lo spagnolo senza sforzo, 2009), he was selected as one of the ten best Italian writers under forty by the literary supplement of "Il Sole 24 Ore"

Plasma screens, portable players, computers, videophones, handhelds: moving images are no longer designed for just one technical support, nor do they impose on spectators a single viewing style. If for the entire 20th century people attended films following a precise ritual inherited from the live theatre, silent and sedate in the darkness of the auditorium, today this tie between movies and movie theatres seems less crucial every day. Moving images are everywhere and seem to follow us in our daily lives, at home as in public places or transit.  How do films change to adapt to this new situation? And, above all, how has the experience of those who watch changed? Facing one of the decisive transformations in the history of Western aesthetics, from the Renaissance until today, Gabriele Pedullà attempts to investigate films in the age of individual media to reason about the metamorphosis of a spectator increasingly free but also increasingly loath to let himself be truly moved by the images flashing before him. A revolution of the gaze that is remodeling the entire system of the arts and is destined to profoundly shape contemporary creativity in all its manifestations. A story that began five hundred years ago, in Palladio’s Italy, or perhaps even earlier, in the Athens of the great tragedians, is coming to a definitive close. The only way to avoid passive subjugation to the epochal metamorphosis of  aesthetic experience as such is to completely understand it.

For more information, call 845-758-7150, or e-mail jluzzi@bard.edu.

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema