20 September 2021 - 17 h 30 min - 19 h 00 min
Art and Visual Culture seminar – 20 Septembre 2021
Striking Beauty: On Recuperating the Beautiful in Cinema
“Film is undoubtedly an artform that affords moments of striking beauty. But while this may be hard to deny, praising a film as beautiful is also fraught with the risk of sounding apolitical at best and retrograde at worst. In fact, the history of film theory has been a story of growing suspicion towards the beautiful and thus follows the “abuse of beauty” (Arthur C. Danto) in the arts more generally. Over the last decades beauty was therefore not an aesthetic category that carried any cachet in film studies. Nevertheless, I believe it is time to pay new attention to the beautiful in film and the beauty of film—and also to defend it as an aesthetic category. In this talk I will try to make a first foray” (Julian Hanich)
Julian Hanich is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen. From 2017 to 2020 he was also Head of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. He is the author of The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers: The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear (Routledge, 2010). He recently co-edited The Structures of the Film Experience by Jean-Pierre Meunier: Historical Assessments and Phenomenological Expansions (with Daniel Fairfax, Amsterdam University Press, 2019) and an issue of the journal NECSUS on ‘Emotions’ (with Jens Eder and Jane Stadler, spring 2019). With Christian Ferencz-Flatz he was responsible for an issue of Studia Phaenomenologica on ‘Film and Phenomenology’ (2016).
In his research he focuses on film and imagination, cinematic emotions, film phenomenology, the collective cinema experience, and film aesthetics. Website: www.julianhanich.de