Post-Cinematic Realism
10 Jul
10. Jul. 2019 | 16:00 Uhr - 18:00 Uhr
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Post-Cinematic Realism

In its classical formulation, cinematic realism is based in the photographic ontology of film, i.e. in the photograph’s indexical relation to the world, which grants to film its unique purchase on reality; upon this relation also hinged, for many realist filmmakers, the political promise of realism. Digital media, meanwhile, are widely credited with disrupting indexicality and instituting an alternative ontology of the image, but does that mean that realism as a potentially political power of connection with the world is dead? If we consider the extent to which reality itself is shaped and mediated through digital media today, the question begins to seem strange. As will be demonstrated with reference to a variety of moving-image texts dealing with drone warfare, online terrorism recruitment, and computationally mediated affects, post-cinematic media might in fact be credited with a newly intensified political relevance through their institution of a new, post-cinematic realism.


Prof. Dr. Shane Denson (Stanford University)

Shane Denson is Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. He is the author of Postnaturalism: Frankenstein, Film, and the Anthropotechnical Interface (2014) and co-editor of several collections, including Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives (2013) and Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film (2016). His current book project, Discorrelated Images, is forthcoming with Duke University Press.


 Projekt LeibnizWerkstatt


10. Jul. 2019
16:00 Uhr - 18:00 Uhr


Radhika Natarajan
Leibniz School of Education
Lange Laube 32
30159 Hannover


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