CFS Symposium: Texture in Film
Sat 9th March 2013 09:00 to 18:00
University of St Andrews
Dr Lucy Fife Donaldson
Texture is more commonly discussed in relation to visual art and design, music and literature than film. In these other disciplines, texture may refer to the tactile quality of a surface, the way a surface is changed by light, paint or other materials, the composition of fabric or narrative (as in the root of the word, to make/weave), the pattern of sound (rhythm and register) and the ‘concrete' properties of language (metre, diction, syntax). Texture also has an important sensory dimension: it expresses the feel of an object, surface or material, and thus offers a way of acknowledging the importance of decisions around formal properties to our responsiveness to film, and to its patterns, to its overall shape. Considering texture in relation to film involves attention to the fine detail of a film's realization, and offers the potential to enrich discussions of form and sensation in film.
This symposium will seek to explore ways in which thinking about texture can reinvigorate discussion of film form across a variety of cinematic contexts, as well as research practices (such as archival or practice-based approaches); with particular emphasis on approaches drawn from understandings of texture originating in study of visual art, music and literature.
Provisional Programme: Texture in Film
Registration & Coffee 9-9.30am: Kennedy Hall
Feeling Texture 9.30 - 11am
‘Haptic Hearing': Texture and Feeling in the films of Apichatpong Weerasthakul - Philippa Lovatt, Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow.
‘It's not what I don't see, it's what I don't feel': Texture, the unseen and haptic cinema in Memoirs of an Invisible Man and Hollow Man - Jonathan Law, University of Kent.
Caressing the Screen, Feeling the Moving Image: Mobile screens and Digit(al) Desire - Gavin Wilson, York St John University.
Workshop #1 11.20am-12.15pm: Film Textuality / Film Texture - John Bateman, Janina Wildfeuer, Chiaoi Tseng, Bremen Institute for Transmedial Textuality Research.
Surface and Depth 12.15-1.15pm
Texture and Time in Tony Scott's Déjà Vu - Steen Christiansen, Aalborg University.
Staging in Depth - Life of Pi 3D (2013), storytelling, illusion and the suspension of disbelief - Ceri Hovland, University of Surrey.
Workshop #2 2-3pm: Bloody Mess: Visceral Textures and Special Effects - Kathrina Glitre, University of the West of England.
Politics of Texture 3.20-4.50pm
Straightforward or Twisted? Queer-ing Phenomenal Space in Film - Katharina Lindner, University of Stirling.
Cinematic Textures of Feminine Vision and Sexual Difference - Kathleen Scott, University of St Andrews.
Sensing Nation: Texture as Allegory in Recent British Cinema - Andrew Jarvis, University of the West of Scotland.
5-6pm Roundtable: Alex Clayton (University of Bristol), Sarah Dillon (University of St Andrews), Ian Garwood (University of Glasgow) & Alistair Rider (University of St Andrews)
Drinks reception in Film Studies boardroom 6-7pm
Dinner in town.
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