Still and Moving Images

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Still and Moving Images

Fall 2018

Taught By: Genevieve Yue

Section: A

CRN: 7252

Credits: 4

*Still and Moving Images* [Track M & S] The distinction between film and photographic media is predicated on what seems a straightforward divide: still and moving images. Upon closer examination, however, the difference is less clear. In film, how do we perceive movement? And how do more recent digital technologies upset the ontological distinctions predicated on these qualities of discernable movement and stillness? This course will treat the phenomena of stillness and movement as expressed in pre-cinematic devices, photography, painting, narrative and experimental film, installation art, and digital media. In and through each medium, we will investigate the ways stillness and movement informs philosophical debates about duration, perception, hybridity, and indexicality. The first part of the course will examine the moving image from its still precursors, surveying a range of pre-cinematic technologies such as the magic lantern, the thaumatrope, and the chronophotography of Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge, as well as theories of movement formulated in response to the image technologies of this period. The second part of the course will concentrate on the moving image as reconceived from its digital end, and to supplement readings on the “post-cinematic,” we will look at the way digital technologies have reshaped industrial film production and the concept and practice of animation. In the final third, we will investigate the reciprocal forms of representation between films and photographs, examining the function of photographs within narrative and experimental films (Chris Marker’s La Jetée, Hollis Frampton’s (nostalgia), Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining) as well as the place of cinema within still photography (Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto). [Track M & S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:56am 1/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 406

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018