James Elkins: On Some Limits of Film Theory

James Elkins is teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature.

The presentation will look at some ways that recent filmmaking technologies, especially those developed in science (and some specifically in the military), should make it difficult to keep using concepts such as still, film, motion, and picture in the ways they are used in film criticism. It is a speculative presentation, proposing that films made outside art can contribute to current theorizing in film studies

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