18:30–20:00 Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain Conferences

The Atmospheric Screen. A History of the Dematerialization of the Screen

Part of ‘Penser l'écran’, a cycle of six lectures organised by Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain

The history of forms of representation based on the projection of images and light is marked by the recurrent attempt to abandon the traditional form of the screen (flat, opaque, square or rectangular) and use atmospheric and diaphanous materials such as smoke, steam or clouds as projection surfaces. From ‘phantasmagoria’ shows presented in Paris between 1798 and 1799 by Étienne-Gaspard Robert aka ‘Robertson’ to the experiments of artists like László Moholy-Nagy during the 1920s and ’30s, the expanded cinema movement of the 1960s and ’70s and the work of contemporary artists such as Tony Oursler and Bill Viola, this lecture surveys the main iterations of the ‘atmospheric screen’.

Antonio Somaini is Professor of Film Studies, Visual Studies and Theory of Media at Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University, where he heads the Film and Audiovisual Department. He has edited anthologies in French, English and Italian with texts by Walter Benjamin, Sergei Eisenstein, László Moholy-Nagy and Dziga Vertov, including Dziga Vertov: Le ciné-œil de la révolution. Écrits sur le cinéma (Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2019).

Other publications include Cultura visuale. Immagini, sguardi, media, dispositivi (Turin: Einaudi, 2016), to be published in French under the title Culture visuelle. Images, regards, médias, dispositifs (Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2020).

Lecture in French language.

Entrance fees: 9€ standard rate / 6€ pp discounted rates for couples or students / RSVP: visites@casino-luxembourg.lu

Casino Luxembourg
07.11.2019, 18:30–20:00 (lecture, analysis of kew work by a mediator and refreshment)


Photo : Tony Oursler, The Influence Machine, 2000-2002

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