[D-G] Erin Manning Talk + Book Launch

Firoza Elavia firoza at yorku.ca
Thu Oct 23 10:35:28 PDT 2008

For those in the Toronto area:


Colouring the Virtual: Jim Campbell and Cinematic Futurity
Talk by Erin Manning

Talk + Book Launch

Saturday, November 1, Free!
3-6pm Pixel Gallery, 156 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, ON

Pleasure Dome is delighted to present a talk by film and visual-arts
philosopher Erin Manning (Concordia University) on artist Jim Campbell.

Jim Campbell's sculptural installations and filmic images have pioneered
new ways of looking: the closer you get to the images, the more intangible
they become. In her talk Manning will explore how Campbell's work creates
propositions for vision that alter not only how an image is seen in its
framed stability, but how the instability of its composition occasions
kinesthetic experience that destabilizes the visual predominance of moving

Erin Manning is Assistant Professor in studio art and film studies at
Concordia University (Montreal) as well as director of the Sense Lab, a
laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and
philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement
www.senselab.ca. In her art practice she works between movement, painting,
fabric and sculpture. Publications include Politics of Touch: Sense,
Movement, Sovereignty and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home
and Identity in Canada. Her current book-project is called Relationscapes:
Movement, Art, Philosophy.

Moderated by Firoza Elavia. Firoza Elavia is completing her doctoral 
dissertation in the philosophy of film and new media at York University,



Cinematic Folds: the furling and unfurling of images
Join us also to celebrate the launch of Pleasure Dome's most recent
anthology edited by Firoza Elavia 

Traditionally, the cinematic has been understood as the visual movement
occurring from the rapid succession of one film frame to another. The
notion of the cinematic in this book begins instead with an understanding
that it is to be conceived as a mode of perception and experience of the
world. Cinematic movement, it is argued, is what occurs in our perception
of things, in the flow between the tangibility of the world, images
(material/immaterial) and the mind. These infinite oscillations between
world, image and mind, between what is mental and material, and what lies
inside and outside film constitute the force fields of Cinematic Folds:
the furling and unfurling of images. The zones between media
experimentation, writing, reading and thinking come to resonate and flow
with each other, enduring over the pages of this volume.

In the first section of this anthology, "Movement of matter: passion,
velocities and rhythms," the selected essays are inscribed by intensive
movements that fold between sensations of horror, anxieties of abjection,
and performance and sexuality among others. Each of the essays presents a
possibility on the flow between matter-image (world) and image-matter
(image). Drawing upon the construction of the world becoming-image and
image becoming-world, the writers invite attention to the movements and
relations between world, brain and image folding in and out of each other.

In the second section, "Invisible spectrum of the perceptible," the
writers are preoccupied with the impalpable life of images. These essays
examine movements occurring in the interval between two images or
movements or in that which occurs between world and mind. The writers
signal the stops, gaps and transitions ensuing between things, drawing
attention to immanent movement and to virtual time. Exploring the in
between, these essays range from a discussion on colour theory, virtual
cinécriture and atmospheric scores.

Essays include those by Shannon Bell, Margit Brünner, Jon Davies, Steven
Eastwood, Firoza Elavia, Ils Huygens, Carolyn Lee Kane, Louis Kaplan,
Carlos Kase, Erin Manning, Anna Powell, Troy Rhoades, Jack Sargeant,
George Toles, Linda Marie Walker and Maria Walsh.

Art projects (curated by Linda Feesey) include works by Carl Brown, Jubal
Brown, Bruce LaBruce, Donigan Cumming, GB Jones, Diana Thorneycroft, and
Fun TV (Willy Lemaitre & Eric Rosenzweig).

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