2011 World Picture Conference

Dates:21-22 October 2011

Locations:University of Toronto

Friday 21 October, 2011

9.45 - 11.15 (Keynote)

Music Room

Elizabeth Povinelli

Columbia University

“The Dwelling Science: Lessons Learned from a Graphic Memoir.

11.30 - 1.00 (Vanishing Points)

Music Room

Scott Krzych

Colorado College

“Endless Boundaries: Representing Distance in OpenWorld Videogames.”


Karen Pinkus

Cornell University

“How Far is the Future”?

Meghan Sutherland

University of Toronto

“On Either Side of Distance.”

11.30 - 1.00 (Ontology)

East Common Room

Steve Choe

University of Iowa

“‘The Just Distance’: Nancy’s Evidence of Film.”


Kalling Heck

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

“Bazin/Düttmann: A Repositioning of Bazin’s Ontology.”

Ani Maitra

Brown University

“’J’encule le monde’: Confronting the Homo/textual in Leo Bersani’s Homos.”

2.00 - 4.00 (Remoteness)

Music Room

Angelica Fenner

University of Toronto

“The Politics of Aesthetics in Thomas Arslan’s From Afar.”


Elena Gorfinkel

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

“Intimate Distance: Affective Topography in Tsai Ming Liang’s Cinema.”


Rebekah Rutkoff

CUNY Graduate Center

“Winged Distance: Robert Beavers’ American Imagination.”

2.00 - 4.00 (Making Distance)

East Common Room

Daniel Reynolds

University of California, Santa Barbara

“Extended Cognition at a Distance.”

Megan Fernandes

University of California, Santa Barbara

“Tiny Matter: NeuroArchitecture in the 21st Century.”

Bishnupriya Ghosh

University of California, Santa Barbara

“Closer Still: The Perceptual Field of Proximity.”

4.15 - 6.00 (Nearly)

Music Room

Eugenie Brinkema

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“‘A zombie is a small yellow flower’: Distance, Discord, Dogtooth.”

Brian Price

University of Toronto

“Style, in Two Times.”

John David Rhodes

University of Sussex

“Too Near, Too Far Away.”

Agustin Zarzosa

SUNY Purchase

“The Monad Nearby.”

4.15 - 6.00 (Perception)

East Common Room

Paul Flaig

Cornell University

“Schizophrenic Laughter, Gymnastic Perception and the Slapstick Spectator.”

Sam Ishii-Gonzalez

New School University

“Suspended Meaning: Bergson, Art, and the Zone of Indetermination.”

Gordon Sullivan

University of Pittsburgh

“Time Frames: Bergson and the Medium of Comics.”

Wednesday 14 December, 2011

10.00 - 11.45 (Between)

Room 222

Zach Campbell

Northwestern University

“Video Between TV and Utopia.”

Alexander Greenhough

Stanford University

“Kubrick’s Distance.”

Andrew Starner

Brown University

“Flat Out! Tele-vision Crossing Performance.”

Brian Wall

Binghamton University

“From Art to Anti-Art: Distance and Dialectics in Experimental Film.”

10.00 - 11.45 (Bodies)

Room 312

Kristopher Cannon

Georgia State University

“Disfiguring Distance: The Scarred Gap Between Presence and Absence.”

Michelle Menzies

University of Chicago

“Movement in the Air: Cinematic Poetry and the Technicity of Experience.”

Niels Niessen

University of Minnesota

“My Name is Rosetta: Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Rosetta.”

Alessandra Raengo

Georgia State University

“Reification, Reanimation and the Money of the Real.”

12.00 - 1.30 (Connection)

Room 222

Rob Cavanagh

Northwestern University

“Intimacy and Fantasy.”

Seb Franklin

Anglia Ruskin University

“Cloud Control, or the Network as Medium.”

Louis-Georges Schwartz

Ohio University

“Music in the Age of Just-in-Time Delivery, or Tiqqun’s Distance from Bloom.”

12.00 - 1.30 (Measurement)

Room 312

Adam Cottrel

Georgia State University

“Godard at a Distance.”


Sorin Radu Cucu

Baruch College/NYU

“On-Target Media: Military Strategy vs. Narrative Practice.”

J. Emmanuel Raymundo

Tulane University

“What is the Distance of Safe? The Case of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.”

3.00 - 4.45 (Scale)

Room 222

James Leo Cahill

University of Toronto

“Cinema of Animal Attraction.”

Jennifer Johung

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

“Molecules to Human: BioDesign and the Scaling of Synthetic Life.”

Lida Oukaderova

Rice University

“The Aesthetics of Proximity: Soviet Widescreen Technologies and Transitions of History.”

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

Northwestern University

“In the House, In the Picture: Distance, Proximity, and Desire in the American Mid-Century Movie Theater.”

3.00 - 4.45 (Geo/Political)

Room 312

Nadine Attewell

McMaster University

“‘Moments that clip together like magnets’: War, Distance, and the Politics of Juxtaposition.”

Sam Cooper

University of Sussex

“Distant Relatives: The Robinson Mythos from Defoe to Keiller.”

Michael Lawrence

University of Sussex

“Mangling Margaret O’Brien: Picturing Distant Suffering in You, John Jones! (1943).”

Steven Marsh

University of Illinois at Chicago

“Untimely Militants: The Unanchored Cinema of Isaki Lucuesta.”

5.30 - 7.00 (Keynote)

Innis Town Hall

Lorenz Engell

Bauhaus University, Weimar

“Apollo TV: The Copernican Turn of the Gaze.”