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Eye Candy: Consuming Moving Images at the Cinema and Beyond”
Conference Program

All events are at the Whitney Humanities Center (WHC), 53 Wall Street.
All events are free and open to the public.


Friday, February 13

4:30-5:30 PM – Registration (WHC 208)

5:30-6:30 PM – Keynote Address (WHC Main Auditorium)

Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
“The Cops and the Commons: Life, Love and Value After Ferguson”
Introduction by Regina Karl

6:30-7:30 PM – Reception (WHC 108)

7:30-8:45 PM – Special Screening: Daisies (1966, 35mm print, 74 min.) (WHC Main Auditorium)
Screening generously co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, and the Yale Film Study Center, courtesy of Paul L. Joskow.
Introduction by Ila Tyagi


Saturday, February 14

9:00-10:00 AM – Late Registration and Light Breakfast (WHC 208)

10:00-10:05 AM – Opening Remarks (WHC 208)
Swagato Chakravorty

10:05-11:45 AM – Session One: Auteurs and their Visual Universe (WHC 208)

Moderator: Dudley Andrew, Professor of Film and Media and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Megan Alvarado-Saggese (University of California, Berkeley):
“‘Gorgeous Lifelike Color’: James Turrell and Cinematic Space”

Noa Merkin (University of Chicago):
The Grand Budapest Hotel and the Life and Death of Images”

Stephanie Lebas Huber (City University of New York):
“Pastel Paradigm: Jacques Demy’s Adoption of the Hollywood Musical Aesthetic and Treatment of the Abject in Demoiselles de Rochefort

Anna Shectman (Yale University):
“Cinematic Pictorialism: Sadakichi Hartmann and the Esthetic Significance of the Motion Picture”

11:45-1:30 PM – Lunch Break

1:30-3:15 PM – Session Two: New(ish) Media (WHC 208)

Moderator: Francesco Casetti, Professor of Film and Media, Yale University

Shari Wolk (New York University):
“Beyond Compression: The Uncanny Perpetuation of the GIF”

Neta Alexander (New York University):
“From Genres to Micro-tags: Reverse-Engineering Tastes and Desires”

Christopher Goetz (University of California, Berkeley):
“Nintendo’s Fruit-Snack Aesthetic: How Games Taste”

Carolyn Kane (Brown University):
“The Animated GIF: Compression Aesthetics as Affective Labor”

3:30-5:15 PM – Session Three: Insatiable Appetites? (WHC 208)

Moderator: Katie Trumpener, Professor of Film and Media and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Marco Bohr (Loughborough University):
Tampopo: Food, Hedonism and Decadence in Japan’s Bubble Economy”

Michael Turcios (University of Southern California):
“The Appetite to Consume ‘Otherness’ in the French Colonial Cinema of Claire Denis”

Fareed Ben-Youssef (University of California, Berkeley):
“‘Attendez la Crème!’: Food and Cultural Trauma in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained

Troy Bordun (Trent University):
“Porn in the Art Gallery: Aesthetics and Sensory Disciplining”


Sunday, February 15

9:00-10:00 AM – Light Breakfast (WHC 208)

10:00-11:30 AM – Session Four: Capitalism Across Genres (WHC 208)

Moderator: John MacKay, Professor of Film and Media and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Kenneth Berger (Brown University):
“Spectacle, Anxiety, and the Aesthetics of Refusal”

Elisa Cuter (Freie Universität Berlin):
“Post-Modern Times: On the Representation of Precarity in Italian Comedies”

Joshua Kierstead (University of Iowa):
“Frontier Commodities: Tales of Greed in Anthony Mann’s Bend of the RiverThe Naked Spur, and The Far Country

11:30-1:30 PM – Lunch Break

1:30-3:15 PM – Session Five: Border Crossings (WHC 208)

Moderator: Brigitte Peucker, Professor of Film and Media and Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Sophie Schweiger (Columbia University):
“Ideologies of Transgression: Ulrich Seidl’s Import/Export

Dewey Musante (Georgia State University):
“‘Is This the Dancing of a Talentless Idiot?!’: Bodies, Sex, and Anti-Normativity in the Films of John Waters and Sacha Baron Cohen”

Natasha Suresh Raheja (New York University):
Cast in India screening

3:30-4:00 PM – Closing Remarks (WHC 208)

Ronald Gregg, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media, Yale University
“Eye Candy XXX: Endless Eroticism and Interactivity in Post-Porn New Media”

Consuming Moving Images at the Cinema and Beyond

Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference 

Yale University

February 13-15, 2015

Keynote Speaker: NICHOLAS MIRZOEFF, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Closing Remarks: RONALD GREGG, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies and American Studies, Yale University

Visual media are a commodity, and as such a means for their own consumption. Moving images from analog to virtual both expand the horizon of our desires and constitute the dizzying array of mass-produced and -marketed goods we consume in an effort to quench those same desires. Art today may be said to exist in the condition of circulation, as the specificity of traditional systems of consumption has eroded. Moving images, however, have proven particularly versatile, adapting readily to the multiplication of consumptive modes and practices. To think about how we encounter visual media today is also to think of the contexts in which we consume them.

The graduate program in Film and Media Studies at Yale University seeks to explore how consumption factors into the content and very form of moving images circulating through late capitalist culture. We invite submissions to our conference, “Eye Candy: Consuming Moving Images at the Cinema and Beyond,” to be held in New Haven, CT, on February 13-15, 2015. Individual papers engaging with or expanding upon the suggestions below are welcome; other proposals relating to the conference’s general theme are also encouraged.

  • Capitalism and visual media consumption (the Frankfurt School, Fredric Jameson)
  • Media and consumer culture (Marshall McLuhan, Raymond Williams)
  • Visual media’s subordination to the universal exchange value of money (industry studies, shared cultural touchstones as social capital)
  • Food and the moving image (movies centered around cooking, serving, and eating meals; events such as the New York, Chicago, and Charleston Food Film Festivals, in which audience members taste dishes seen onscreen)
  •  Devouring contemporary “body cinema” (Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Gaspar Noé)
  • Tactile technologies (consuming knowledge haptically via touch-centric gadgets, gestural dynamics, interactivity)
  •  Corporation-sponsored cinema hawking products from plastic to petroleum (Alain Resnais’s Le Chant du Styrène, Bernardo Bertolucci’s La Via del Petrolio)
  •  Integrating art with advertising (commercials featuring celebrity endorsements, product placement in film and television)
  • Recycling media into newly consumable forms (recut film scenes posted on YouTube, viral phenomena)
  • Ecocritical approaches to sustainable media consumption

Please submit an abstract (250-300 words) and CV to co-chairs Swagato Chakravorty, Regina Karl, Noriko Morisue, Masha Shpolberg, and Ila Tyagi at yaleeyecandy@gmail.com no later than December 15, 2014. Participants will be notified by late December.