Deborah Levitt: Animation and the Medium of Life

Deborah Levitt: Animation and the Medium of Life
Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 7:00 PM

ArtCenter/South Florida is pleased to present Deborah Levitt: Animation and the Medium of Life in conjunction with the exhibition An Image. Her talk will address our contemporary image ecology through what she calls the age of the animatic apparatus. The animatic apparatus marks the emergence of animation as the dominant medium of our time coinciding with developments in the biological sciences that open possibilities for producing living beings. While these might appear as disjunct cultural fields, with no causal and little conceptual relation, understanding the link between Dolly the cloned sheep and her progeny (metaphorically speaking) and the multimediated bodies of cinema and video are a key to understanding the time in which we live. Today, the horizon of possibility offered by simulation in both art and science—from cartoons and the animatic effects of CGI to various dreamt and incarnate potentials of biological production—are shifting the reigning cultural paradigms of life in significant ways, moving away from questions about ontology, category, and being, to ones of appearance, metamorphosis, and affect.

About Deborah Levitt
Deborah Levitt is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School, in NYC.  She is a media historian and theorist, and her publications include articles on media and biopolitics, contemporary film theory, and affect and immersion in digital cinema.  Her article, “Animation and the Medium of Life: Media Ethology, An-Ontology, Ethics” appeared in Inflexions (2014) and her most recent essay, “Doll Parts (or Mamoru Oshii’s Kleist Crisis),” appears in the edited volume, Waking Life:Kino zwischen Technik und Leben (Berlin: b_books, 2016). Her book, The Animatic Apparatus, is forthcoming from Zero Books.

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