Media and Time Seminar - In Cooperation with In Sync
Media and Time. Historical and Media-Aesthetic Perspectives. Seminar with presentations and discussion between the Media Aesthetics and In Sync research groups.
13.00 – 13.40
Geoffrey Bowker: Life at the femtosecond
I explore what new kinds of entities (social and natural) come into play when we look at events happening at the speed of computer clocks. I then ask how we can theorize the multiple temporalities of computing.
13.50 – 14.30
Sara Yazdani: Photography, Archives and Social Ontology
In the late 1990s and early 2000s a social-ontological conceptualization of photography re-emerges in contemporary art—a time when questions of agency and temporality unfold as the technology of photography enters its digital ‘mode of existence’. This paper proposes that during its art historical time span of the 1990s and early 2000s, photography acts as real-time apparatus of which “microtemporal” operations connect different objects, bodies, and forces, creating new collective alliances within the world. In my account of this particular history and activities of some specific artistic strategies, photography operates as a technology that produces future event, rather than as archives of a present or past.
14.40 – 15.20
Liv Hausken: The Social Temporality of Photography, or why we should read Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of time
Considering photographs as socially and culturally embedded, I will argue that the temporality of photography must be thought of in accordance with a socially constituted time which cannot be reduced either to the time of the individual nor to the conceptions of time in the sciences, but depends on both these two broad categories of time and the way they may be seen to co-constitute each other. This paper will argue that Paul Ricoeur’s complex conception of time may help us overcome some of the constraints that lie in simpler models of time and contribute to a better understanding of the sociality of temporality.
15.30 – 16.10
Espen Ytreberg: Simultaneity before and after broadcasting
In media studies literature, the perhaps most intense and sustained theoretical interest in simultaneity has been connected with theorizing broadcasting and its liveness effects. Starting from a critical discussion of this literature, the talk outlines some ways one might meaningfully say that an experience of simultaneity is enabled by digital media, and by media ensembles of the early 20th century.
16.20 – 17.00
Timotheus Vermeulen: Temporality in the “women’s film”
In this short talk, or series of observations, I wish to return to a debate in film and television studies that once attracted the discipline’s best and the brightest scholars but today seems close to abandoned: temporality in the ‘women’s’ film, especially melodrama. Presumably, the current lack of interest can be explained by a prevailing belief that the issue has been settled. It has become something of a cliché, after all, that time in the women’s genre is the opposite of time in cinema associated with men, such as classical Hollywood i.e. anti-linear, anti-progressive, anti-teleological. Tania Modleski even goes as far as calling this hysterical time. In what follows I seek to problematize this understanding by nuancing the distinction between cyclicality and its supposed antithesis – linearity – in a film that has traditionally been taken as the epitome of cyclicality: Max Ophuls’ Letter from an Unknown Woman. My point is not that time in the woman’s film isn’t repressive, or indeed, hysterical; but I would argue it is hysterical precisely in a distinct linear matter.
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