Professor Berys Gaut (St Andrews)
“Cinematic Art and Technology”
Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015, 4:15 – 6:00pm
Dugald Stewart Building, 3.10-3.11,
University of Edinburgh
The lecture is free and open to all!
Abstract: “Cinema was born as technology and rapidly grew into an art. What is the relation of its artistic to its technological properties? In this paper I develop an argument to show that the proper artistic appreciation of cinematic artworks is partly dependent on their technological features. I also illustrate and defend this claim by comparing how digital films can solve certain filmmaking problems with how non-digital films can do so. I then discuss whether the argument shows that digital films are, other things equal, lesser artistic achievements than are non-digital ones.”
About the speaker: Berys Gaut is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, President of the British Society of Aesthetics, and an Editorial Consultant to the British Journal of Aesthetics. His research interests and publications span both aesthetics and moral theory, and especially the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, the philosophy of film and film theory, and the philosophy of creativity. He is the author of two monographs, Art, Emotion and Ethics (OUP 2007) and A Philosophy of Cinematic Art (CUP 2010), and is currently working on a new one, Exploring Creativity: A Philosophical Inquiry.
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