Giuliana Bruno will give a lecture entitled Material Encounters: Surface Tension, Screen Space on 28th February 2017 at 6:30PM in the Metcalf Auditorium. There will be an opening reception in the Chace Center Lobby starting at 5:45PM. This lecture forms part of the new Graduate Commons Speaker Series: Conversations in Contemporary Art.
What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms?
Professor Giuliana Bruno, the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will discuss these elements in her talk based on the her latest research and book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014).
Bruno examines how material relations appear on the surface of different media—on film and video screens, in gallery installations, or on the skins of buildings and people. The lecture will focus on thescreen, showing how technologies of light produce new forms of materiality. The screen surface is a site where different forms of mediation, memory, and transformation can take place. On the surface, new object relations and material connections are revealed, across art, architecture, fashion, design, film, and new media.