the aesthetics of transition - three lectures: the cinema and other media at the turn of the century

Tuesday - Thursday, February 24-26, 1998
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


[The complete text of Tom Gunning's presentation is also available.]

There are many instructive and unsettling parallels between the period of the advent of the movies and our turbulent contemporary experience with digital media.

Metaphors for the Cinema as a New Technology:
Captured Shadows and Projected Voices

Tuesday, February 24

The Lumiere Kinematograph and Amateur Photography Culture:
Seizing the Instant

Wednesday, February 25

Fritz Lang Calling:
The Cinema, the Telephone and the Terrain of Modernity

Thursday, February 26


Tom Gunning is widely recognized as the leading American historian of silent film. He is the author of D. W. Griffith and the Origins of Narrative Film (1991) and many essays on film and the culture of the turn of the century.