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JOLTED IMAGES: UNBOUND ANALYTIC BY PAVLE LEVI

JOLTED IMAGES: UNBOUND ANALYTIC BY PAVLE LEVI

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 6:00pm
Location: 
612 Shermerhorn Hall

Please join us for a talk with Pavle Levi (Stanford University) about his latest book Jolted Images: Unbound Analytic (Amsterdam University Press, 2017). The event, sponsored by the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University and the Harriman Institute, will be moderated by Aleksandar Bošković and will feature a response by Noam Elcott.

Jolted Images brings together a large cast of mainstream and avant-garde cineastes, artists, photographers, comics creators, poets, and more, to reflect on a wide range of phenomena from the realms of cinema and visual culture in the Yugoslav region, broader Europe, and North America. Far from a staid monograph, the book takes a cue from filmmaker Du¿an Makavejev, who once wrote that there are times when it is necessary "to jolt art, no matter what the outcome"; to that end, the book infuses its analysis with playful, creative transfiguration of the material at hand.

Pavle Levi is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, and Director of Stanford's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Levi is the author of several books: Disintegration in Frames (Stanford, 2007); Cinema by Other Means (Oxford, 2012); and, as editor, Filosofska igracka (A Philosophical Toy; Belgrade, B92, 2003). His latest book Jolted Images: Unbound Analytic (2017) is published by Amsterdam University Press.

 

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YUGOSLAV EXPERIMENTAL FILM SYMPOSIUM

YUGOSLAV EXPERIMENTAL FILM SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:45am
Location: 
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th St)

Please join the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture and the Harriman Institute for a symposium on Yugoslav experimental film.

The symposium focuses on the marginalized area of the experimental moving image, addressing alternative forms of film, video, and paracinema in the former Yugoslavia that both flourished and were erased from the official historical record. The history of experimental film in Yugoslavia is rich, layered and fragmented. It originated in the tradition of the so-called amateur film, practiced within cinema clubs across the former federation in the late 1950s and 1960s by active non-professional filmmakers focused almost exclusively on making narrative “alternative” films. It concluded with experimental films from the 1980s made in the framework of the “meta-media” paradigm and conceived as remediations. A key protagonist of this segmented history of experimental film in Yugoslavia is the Genre Experimental Film Festival (GEFF) established in Zagreb in 1963—the same year that the Ann Arbor Film festival was established in the United States—which introduced the influential concept of “anti-film” associated with the concrete and structural cinema. Other important fragments in the history of Yugoslav experimental film include the generation of young filmmakers and artists who grew out of the American “underground” cinema during the slow decline of Yugoslav ciné-clubs in the early 1970s and gathered around the Student Cultural Center in Belgrade, as well as the experiments in the framework of the “conceptual” paradigm that used the so-called new media—photography/slides, video, film, performance—and heritage of historic avant-gardes to fight the fossilized dogmas of modernism and to generate cultural critiques, created by artists in Zagreb and Belgrade in the mid and late 1970s.

The symposium brings experts in the field involved with the idea of re-curating fragmented histories of Yugoslav experimental film and cinema by other means. The participants will approach numerous alternative forms of Yugoslav experimental film, their authors and filmmakers, along with the avant-garde cinema practices as sites of unearthed cultural capital for a media archeology of the future. Experimental films by Vukica Djilas and Davorin Marc will be screened as representative samples of media archeology findings.

Images, from left to right:

[1] Frame from Davorin Marc, La popolazione (1982/2015)

[2] Frame from Vukica Djilas, Home movies (prepared by Sobodan Šijan, 2015)

[3] Frame from Dušan Makavejev, Love Affair (1967)
 

This conference is organized by Aleksandar Bošković.

PROGRAM
INTRODUCTORY NOTE

9:50am

PANEL I: Dušan Makavejev & Miroslav Vrabec

10:00am - 11:30 am

Alice Lovejoy (University of Minnesota)
"The World of the Modern Child”: Experiments in Yugoslav Youth Film

Herbert Eagle (University of Michigan)
Documentary/Fiction/Collision in Makavejev’s  Films

Chair: Ksenya Gurshtein (Skirball Cultural Center)

Discussant: Dragana Obradović (University of Toronto)
 

PANEL II: Tomislav Gotovac & Slobodan Šijan

11:30am - 1:00 pm

Ana Janevski (MoMA)
Tomislav Gotovac/Anna Halprin: Improbable Encounters

Aleksandar Bošković (Columbia)
Alone in the Cinemascope: Slobodan Šijan’s Film Leaflet

Chair: Dijana Jelača (Fordham University)

Discussant: Ksenya Gurshtein (Skirball Cultural Center)
 

LUNCH BREAK

1:00pm - 2:30 pm
 

PANEL III: Vukica Djilas & Davorin Marc

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Films by Vukica Djilas

Pavle Levi (Stanford University)
Diaries, Notes, and Structures

Jurij Meden (George Eastman Museum)
Davorin Marc: Variations on La popolazione, or the Invention of Never-Made

Films by Davorin Marc

Chair: Dragana Obradović (University of Toronto)

Discussant: Dijana Jelača (Fordham University)

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"Space and Place: The Symposium"

"Space and Place: The Symposium"

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am
Location: 
709 Hamilton Hall

   sPACE and pLACE:  The Miniconference

 

 

Saturday, February 17     yALE@cOLUMBIA     709 Hamilton Hall

 

 

sPACE and pLACE:  The Miniconference

 

 

                       Breakfast (from 10:15, available throughout morning) 
 

   
Panel 1:  TRANSTOPIAS, or How I Learned to Love the Dark Side             10:45-12:15 

 

          Liana Battsaligova (Yale)—Undermining Heterotopia: Garden-Variety Graveyard in Dostoevsky’s

                                                            “Bobok”

            Claudia Kelley (CU)—Perforating the Prison: Crumbling Contours and Proliferating Lines in Zofia

                                                            Nałkowska’s Walls of the World

Valeriia Mutc (Yale)—House Arrest: Command Performance on the Estate in Chekhov’s “Gooseberries”
 

tea/coffee
 

Panel 2:  ITINERARIES, or Journeys not to Arzrum                                           12:30-1:30  

 

Ararat Sekeryan (CU)—Lessons of Armenia, Visions of Russia: Andrei Bitov and the Return of the Plennik

Stephen Bruce (CU)—Vel’tman’s The Wanderer: Armchair Travel and the Imperial Imagination

 

Lunch  (1:30-2:30)

 

Panel 3:  THRESHOLDS OF BEING, or Life on the Edge                                     2:45-4:15

 

Knar Abrahamyan (Yale)—Platonov’s Dzhan: Imperial Practices on the Soviet Periphery

Tomi Haxhi  (CU)—Spatial, Political, and Ontological Borders in Platonov’s Dzhan

Ben Hooyman (CU)—Beyond Displacement: Daniil Kharms and the Periphery of the Page

 

tea/coffee
 

Panel 4:    ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINISM, or No Way Out           4:30-6:00

 

            Matt McWilliams (Yale)—"My Dear Sir...You Should Know Your Place": Spatializing Social Status in

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Harrison Smith (CU)—Sacred and Profane Space: Demons, Bodies, and Minds in Gogol's Domains

Spencer Small (Yale)—The Revenge of the Rhizome: Forests and the Fate of Human Agency in Gorky’s

                                                        “Legend of Danko”

 

 

Dinner   (6:30)

       530 W. 113th St. 6B

 

 

Sponsored by the Harriman Institute

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THE WAR OF CHIMERAS

THE WAR OF CHIMERAS

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: 
1201 International Affairs Building

Ukrainian Film Club @ Columbia University

invites all to the US premier of

THE WAR OF CHIMERAS

dir. Anastasiya Starozhytska, 2017