Steven Shaviro [Wayne State University] - "The Rhythm-Image"
Philippe Blanchard [OCAD University] - “Colour as Magic: Philippe Blanchard's Expanded Animation Practice”
Abstract: Deleuze's taxonomy of cinema comprises two main types of audiovisual image: the movement-image and the time-image. Although Deleuze denies that these types are fundamentally historical ones, he does associate the movement-image with classical cinema, and the time-image with practices of cinematic modernism after World War II (Italian Neorealism of the late 1940s, the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s, the New Hollywood of the 1970s). But in the years since Deleuze published his two Cinema volumes (1983 and 1985), much has changed both in the world socio-economic situation, and in the realm of audiovisual media specifically. We now find ourselves fully in the regime of what Deleuze called the control society, and what many others have called neoliberalism. And digital technologies have revolutionized all the aspects of film production, distribution, and exhibition. Not just economically and politically, but also ontologically and aesthetically, we have arguably entered into a new, third regime of audiovisual images. In this talk, I will outline several recent attempts to define such a third regime: Patricia Pisters' neuro-image, Nick Davis' desiring-image, and Sergi Sánchez's no-time-image. I will then offer my own, somewhat different, attempt to define a third image. Deleuze's Cinema volumes offer us one of the most prodigious examples of the "creation of concepts" that Deleuze defines as the central task of philosophy; in order to take up and continue his cinema project, we need to create new concepts that are adequate to, and as radical as, the new forms of audiovisual production that are taking place today.
Bio: Steven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), Post-Cinematic Affect (2010), Melancholia, or the Romantic Anti-Sublime (2012), and The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism (2014).
Note: We thank Andrea Fatona and the CADN program for their generous support in hosting Professor Shaviro during his visit in Toronto.
“Colour as Magic: Philippe Blanchard's expanded animation practice”
Abstract: Philippe Blanchard discusses his use of additive colour theory to produce animated installation works combining lighting design and screen-printed colour pigments. His talk will expand on his interests in animation history, namely its early connections to magical spectacle, optical illusion and theatre, and how it has guided his recent artistic research. His discussion will also cover process (including colour research, technologies used, inspirations) and case studies of recent works, including 'Structured Light' at Glendon Gallery, York University and 'New Troglodytes 2' at the National Museum of Printmaking in Mexico City.
Bio: Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator, teacher and curator. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking. His recent projects include expanded animation installations for Chromatic Festival/C2MTL, the Power Plant and solo shows at Arprim (Montreal) and InterAccess (Toronto), all featuring screen-printed imagery animated by coloured light. Philippe Blanchard's animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess, Angell Gallery and AGYU. He also works as a commercial animation director, principally for Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation. He has directed/animated spots for MTV, Oreo, Milk, Blistex, Sesame Street, and PBS.