2015 World Picture Conference

Dates:13-14 Nov 2015

Locations:University of Toronto

Fri, 13 December

10:00 - 11:30 (Keynote)

Hart House, East Common Room

Christoph Menke

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

“The Paradox of Faculty and the Value of Beauty”

11:45 - 1:15 (In/Out)

Hart House, East Common Room

Christopher Rowe (Chair)

Rick Warner

University of North Carolina

In Pursuit of Creaturely Vision: Roxy’s Promenades and the Use of 3D in Godard’s Adieu au langage”


Gregory Flaxman

University of North Carolina

“Notes on a Cinematic Sublime”

Inga Pollmann

University of North Carolina

“Cinematic Stimmung: Mise-en-scène and the Order of the Sensible”



11:45 - 1:15 (Agency)

UTAC Art Lounge

Kajri Jain (Chair)

Alessandra Raengo

Georgia State University

“Black Living and the Image of Motility”


Meghan Sutherland

University of Toronto

“The Aporetic Apparatus”

Adam Kildare Cottrel

Georgia State University

“Governing by Faculty”

3:00 - 4:30 (Detection)

Hart House, East Common Room

Brian Jacobson (Chair)

Caetlin Benson-Allott, Seth Perlow

University of Oklahoma

“A Faculty for Horror?”

Amelie Hastie

Amherst College

“Murder by the Book: Columbo’s Aptitude for Detection”

Jennifer Pranolo

University of California, Berkeley

“The Punctum Retouched”

3:00 - 4:30 (Politics)

UTAC Art Lounge

Karly-Lynne Scott (Chair)

Kalling Heck

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Force and Hope in Medium Cool”

Scott Krzych

Colorado College

“Soderbergh’s Ordinary Objects”

Brian Price

University of Toront

“Before Politics: Contradiction in Aesthetic Experience”

4:45 - 6:15 (Institutions)

Hart House, East Common Room

James Cahill (Chair)

Carrie Reese

University of Toronto

“Soumission: Conditionalities of Michel Houellebecq’s University”


Robert Cavanagh

Emerson College

“College Sports and the Politics of Higher Education”

Niels Niessen

University of Toronto

 “The Task of the Film Critic in Times of Streaming Video”



4:45 - 6:15 (Line)

UTAC Art Lounge

Matthew Stoddard (Chair)

Ryan Pierson

University of Calgary

“Rotoscoping as an Act of Love”

Mal Ahern

Yale University

“Pattern Recognition: Medium as Texture”

Michael Svedman

University of Pittsburgh

“The Portrait Films of Jean Rouch

Sat, 14 December

11:00 - 12:15 (Keynote)

Innis Town Hall

Olivia Boudreau

“Between You and Me”

12:30 - 2:00 (Bodies)

Innis 222

Sara Saljoughi (Chair)

Karly-Lynne Scott

Northwestern University

“X-ray Vision: On Limits to the Principle of Maximum Visibility”


William Davis

The Colorado College

“Cyborg Faculties”

Veronica Fitzpatrick

University of Pittsburgh

“Real Recognize Real, or: Can I Fuck This?”

12:30 - 2:00 (Seeing)

Innis 312

Matthew Thompson (Chair)

Anjo-marí Gouws

University of Toronto

“Hearing and seeing the in/visible: Anne Charlotte Robertson’s Five Year Diary”

Martin Blumenthal-Barby

Rice University

“Surveillance, Or the Faculty to See (Without Being Seen)”

Gordon Sullivan

University of Pittsburgh

“’The Street Always Wins’: On Infrastructure”

3:30 - 5:15 (Figure)

Innis 222

Carrie Reese (Chair)

Olga Blackledge

University of Pittsburgh

“On the Faculty of Movement in a Mimetic Sense: The Case of Animation”


Denise Koller

Princeton University

“On Good Footing: Dancing and Bipedalism in Poussin”

Rebekah Rutkoff

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

“How to Paint with a Crystal Pen”

3:30 - 5:15 (Thought)

Innis 312

Niels Niessen (Chair)

Kenneth Berger

Brown University

“Thought, Cinema, Form of Life”

Eric Herhuth

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Animation’s Faculty for Thinking”

Christopher Rowe

University of Toronto

“Thoughts of Speed: On the Emergence of the Faculty of Information”


Matthew Stoddard

University of Toronto

“Totality as Archive: Mapping the General Intellect in The Film of Her”

5:30 - 7:00 (Media)

Innis 222

Brian Price (Chair)

Markos Hadjioannou

Duke University

“Becoming Host(age): Rear Window in the Age of Technological Interactivity”

Kyle Stevens

Colby College

“Bad Reception: Telephobia, Death, and Listening”

Scott Durham

Northwestern University

“Ça, c’est une autre histoire”: Proust, Marker, Godard”