Embassy of the Free Mind: Alchemical Shadows in Artificial Intelligence

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Lecture by Patricia Pisters at Embassy of the Free Mind Amsterdam, 10 July 2021

In his famous poem ‘Eidolons’(1876) Walt Whitman extends the Greek concept for the idealized or spectral image of a person to include the soul of the Earth (‘the mighty Earth eidolon’) and even the stars and planets. In this presentation I will depart from Whitman’s cosmic interpretation of these mimetic eidolons and reframe these figures within contemporary debates on posthumanism where human fate is entangled with nonhuman forces beyond the nature/culture divide. I will focus on the question what our perception and interpretation of our high-tech and posthuman self-image can learn from ancient sources of the alchemical tradition, a tradition that is full of mythical images of human’s connections to the non-human. As such, alchemy itself can be considered as the low-tech (fore)shadow of our high-tech future that still holds infinite wisdoms that are worthwhile reconsidering and updating for the protean future of mankind.

See for more information the website of Embassy of the Free Mind, or here

MUBI Podcast" Turkish Delight Ignites the Netherlands

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MUBI's podcasts begins with Paul Verhoeven's infamous second feature Turkish Delight (1973). While one of Verhoeven's more underseen films by international audiences, at the time of its release it took the Netherlands by storm. It is the most well-attended domestic film in the history of the country and was later named the greatest Dutch film of the 20th century by the Netherlands Film Festival. In this episode, we explore the film's unique significance during the counterculture movement in 1970s Holland, while featuring exclusive interviews with director Paul Verhoeven, star Monique van de Ven, and cinematographer Jan de Bont, amongst others. The Podcast is here.

 

Film Club at Media Studies

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Organized by Blandine Joret, the film club from UvA's Media Studies (March-June 2021).

Below a few of the flyers.

Now is the time of Monsters: Roundtable on Contemporary Horror

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New Review of Film & Television Studies published on online round table on contemporary horror.

Contributions by Amanda Howell, Patricia Pisters, James Rendell, Emma Train, Johhny Walker, Harry Warwick and Brandon West. 

 

Film Culture in Transition

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New Series Editorship Film Culture in Transition

December 4, 2020, Amsterdam

It has been one year since Professor Thomas Elsaesser suddenly passed away, leaving Amsterdam University Press (AUP), the communities of  film and media studies who had been fortunate enough to know him, totally devastated.

Film Culture in Transition, the book series that he setup together with the press, became orphaned in the absence of his editorship. Maryse Elliott, Senior Commissioning Editor in Film, Media and Communication at AUP, says,

“We have been deeply moved to receive many messages from authors and editors worldwide wanting to pay tribute to Thomas in their recently published and forthcoming books in the series.”

Today, in remembrance of Thomas Elsaesser, AUP celebrates his vast intellectual legacy and confirms its commitment to his founding bookseries Film Culture in Transition by appointing a team of new series editors, consisting of Malte Hagener (Marburg), Patricia Pisters (Amsterdam) and Wanda Strauven (Frankfurt/NewYork).

The new editors will be dedicated to Elsaesser’s mission of publishing innovative studies on cinematic culture at large, by young and established scholars, from all parts of the globe.Their aim will be to ensure the continuation of one of the most successful book series of Amsterdam University Press.

Malte Hagener is Professor of Media and Film Studies at Philipps-University Marburg. His research focuses on film and media history, European cinema, as well as digital infrastructures and methodologies.

Patricia Pisters is Professorof Film, Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Her research is centred on film theory, film-philosophy, image politics, and mediaecologies.

Wanda Strauven is Privatdozentin of Media Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research interests include early and avant-garde cinema, media archaeology, tactile media, and children’s interaction with media.

For more information about the neweditorship or the Film Culture in Transition series, please contact Senior Commissioning Editor Maryse Elliott(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

New Blood in Contemporary Cinema & Poetics of Horror

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New Blood in Contemporary Cinema: Women Directors and the Poetics of Horror is out. Here's my blog

about the book. Official presentation on 1 December 2020 in EYE Filmmuseum, handing over the first

copies of the book to filmmakers Yfke van Berckelaer (director of Lili, 2019) and Esther Rots (director of

Retrospekt, 2019), whose works feature in the book. Watch here for the streaming of the event. The handing

over of the books is followed by the screening of Lucile Hadzihalilovics's film Evolution (2015).