Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form: Cinematic Migrations
School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Knut Åsdam, Abyss, 2010. Film; 35mm to HD, 43 minutes.
Knut Åsdam, Abyss, 2010. Film; 35mm to HD, 43 minutes.

School of Architecture + Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring 2013 Lecture Series
Mondays 7–9pm

ACT Cube, Wiesner Building (E15-001)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, USA
Free and open to the public

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About the Series
Desire for cinema existed before its creation. Today, cinema is an umbrella term for a variety of moving images and time-based forms, which have intersecting, yet particular, histories of emergence. These histories and contexts include changing technological and spatial forms themselves—from collective halls to handheld devices—in which cinema appears, as well as the movement and interpretation of cinemas throughout the world. 

This season’s speakers are filmmakers, artists, and thinkers who explore and engage with cinema in a variety of formats, genres, and contexts. Their work often raises provocative questions regarding aesthetic, cultural, national, and economic borders. The discussions in this series explore a variety of cinematic spheres—essayistic, documentary, experimental, independent, activist, and commercial—designations that are experiencing redefinition and permutation. Cinematic Migrations is a multi-faceted look at the role of cinema’s transmutations over time and its worldwide and circuitous shifts.

Renée Green
Director and Associate Professor
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Lecture Series ScheduleFebruary 25Arthur Jafa, Artist, filmmaker, and cinematographer

March 4John Akomfrah, OBE,Director, filmmaker, and writer, Smoking Dogs Films, UK
Lina Gopaul,Producer and writer, Smoking Dogs Films, UK

March 11Karim Aïnouz,Filmmaker and artist

March 18Knut Åsdam,Artist and filmmaker

April 8Nora Alter,Chair and Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University 

April 29
Simin Farkhondeh,Independent filmmaker, artist, educator, and activist

Note about Cinematic Migrations
Cinematic Migrations is a two-year collaborative research and production project initiated by Renée Green (Free Agent Media) and is co-hosted by the MIT Visiting Artists Program and ACT. The work of filmmaker John Akomfrah and producer Lina Gopaul (Smoking Dogs Films, and founding members of the seminal UK-based Black Audio Film Collective) is a focal point in our investigation of the theme. 

For further information, contact ACT Public Programs Coordinator Laura Anca Chichisan at [email protected] or 617 253 4415.

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February 19, 2013