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Book Presentation: The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor by Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky
Join us for a celebration and discussion with special guests:
VINZENZ HEDIGER, GOETHE UNIVERSITY, FRANKFURT
JOHN MACKAY, YALE UNIVERSITY
ALICE LOVEJOY, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

In The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor (Duke University Press, 2020), Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky introduces and theorizes the process genre—a heretofore unacknowledged and untheorized transmedial genre characterized by its representation of chronologically ordered steps in which some form of labor results in a finished product. Originating in the fifteenth century with machine drawings, and now including everything from cookbooks to instructional videos and art cinema, the process genre achieves its most powerful affective and ideological results in film. By visualizing technique and absorbing viewers into the actions of social actors and machines, industrial, educational, ethnographic, and other process films stake out diverse ideological positions on the meaning of labor and on a society’s level of technological development. In systematically theorizing a genre familiar to anyone with access to a screen, Skvirsky opens up new possibilities for film theory.
Moderated by Claudia Brittenham (Art History, University of Chicago).

Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Apr 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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