[Webinar] Book Presentation: The Process Genre by Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky

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Type: 
Event
Date: 
April 16, 2021
Location: 
United States
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

Friday, April 16, 2021
12:00–1:00 pm CDT
Zoom Webinar

 

JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION AND DISCUSSION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: 

Vinzez Hediger, Goethe University, Frankfurt  

John Mackay, Yale University

Alice Lovejoy, University of Minnesota

 

 In The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor (Duke University Press, 2020), Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky introduces and theorizes the process genre—a heretofore unacknowledged and untheorized transmedial genre characterized by its representation of chronologically ordered steps in which some form of labor results in a finished product. Originating in the fifteenth century with machine drawings, and now including everything from cookbooks to instructional videos and art cinema, the process genre achieves its most powerful affective and ideological results in film. By visualizing technique and absorbing viewers into the actions of social actors and machines, industrial, educational, ethnographic, and other process films stake out diverse ideological positions on the meaning of labor and on a society’s level of technological development. In systematically theorizing a genre familiar to anyone with access to a screen, Skvirsky opens up new possibilities for film theory.

Moderated by Claudia Brittenham (Art History, University of Chicago).

 
Open to the public, but registration required

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Natalie Arsenault, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago

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