As I mentioned in class today, Hitchcock's mastery of montage ('cutting') to achieve cinematic
effects might be an instance of what Collingwood would call "craft"
as opposed to "art properly so called." The following video clip could
be used as evidence for that view. If you are at all interested in
film, watch it through to the end: It's like a miniature course in
filmmaking from the master.
I confessed in class today to stealing the van Gogh gimmick (and the
Frans Hals gimmick used earlier in the course) from John
Berger's 1972 BBC series Ways of Seeing. I happen to
think that the series as a whole, despite its apparent datedness and quirkiness,
is just excellent--a wonderful relic from the days when the idea of
genuinely transformative, challenging 'educational' television could
still be bruited without embarrassment. Maybe you'll enjoy it simply
for the bizarre retro hairstyles and fashions on display. In any case,
I strongly recommend viewing episode one as a set up to our discussion
of Walter Benjamin coming up later in the course. Episodes two through
four are, of course, easily findable on YouTube.
The assignment sheet for the second assignment is now available under Notes and Assignments. Hard copies will be
handed out in class next Tuesday, but keeners who would like to get
a start on the assignment are, of course, welcome to have a look now.
To avoid being hassled by the local intellectual property police,
I've secured access to the Online Readings section of the site. When prompted for a username by the authentication
server, simply enter your NSID and your usual password. If you can't
access the readings, let me
know and I'll add you to the authentication list.
Matters! Call for Papers (01.02.09)
who already have some idea about what interests them in the philosophy
of art might want to consider submitting something to this conference.
At a minimum, it could provide a nice excuse for a trip to Montreal.
If you are considering submitting a paper, let me know as soon as
possible in the term: We can probably work out an arrangment whereby
your paper could also form the basis for the term paper assignment
in the course. (And, BTW, the College has some funds available to
enable undergraduate students to participate in conferences of this
sort. Ask me for details, if interested.)
Concordia University Philosophy
Art Matters! Philosophy Conference
should address in any way the notion that art matters.
grades for the course have now been submitted. They will be available
on PAWS as soon as they are approved
by the Department Head. I expect that will be as early as this evening.
Once again, Happy Kwanzaa and thank you, collectively, for making
the course so enjoyable to teach.
Artists' Talks / Lecture Series
Throughout the term, graduate students in the Department of Art &
Art History will be presenting a series of noontime talks at the Snelgrove
Gallery. Here's the schedule.
Travel Funding for A&S Undergrads (31.10.06)
mentioned in class on today, the College of Arts and Science is once
again making available funding to undergraduate students in the College
for travel to conferences and other academic events. The expected
value of appying for these funds is huge, if only because so few
people even know that they exist. More information is available here:
College Building Gallery
(College Building, 107 Adminstration Place, Main Floor)
September 15 - November 10
The Importance of Form (23.10.06)
John Kricfalusi (creator of the cosmically great Ren
& Stimpy) weighs
in. (via Boing
Boing). Included mainly because it is hilarious. Note, however,
the implicit Aristotelianism in John K's view.
As promised (though not quite as quickly as promised), the assignment
sheet for Assignment #2 is now available for download in the Notes
& Assignments section. Hard copies will be distributed in
class next week.
Notes Online (10.09.06)
I care about my
students. A lot. Really. But for the last two days I've been laid
low with a really bad cold (maybe it's the same one that I had before,
come back for a second round). So I'd pretty much forgotten (or, let's
face it, simply didn't care) that a few students in PHIL 271 had taken
me up on my offer to make the first few presentations used in class
available on the web site. Thanks to some serious rest and the wonders
of modern pharmacology, I woke up this morning feeling much more like
myself. And then it hit me...
Man Woman & Michel BoutinKenderdine
(2nd Floor, Agriculture Building)
July 28 - September 29
Talk by curator David Garneau: 12 noon, Thrusday, September
28 Closing reception: 8 PM Friday, September 29
Dorkbot @ Paved Arts + New Media
Gates: "Techné of the VJ: Video Mixing for the Curious"
An overview of the technical aspects of Carrie's analogue VJ setup
and a demonstration of how to create original live multichannel compositions
using a combination of sources from found archival footage, net.art
screen output, live cameras, and pre-recorded video. Ian Campbell:
to linux live cd's with a focus on the open source distro Dynebolic.Saturday,
September 9, 1:00 PM Paved Arts + New
424 20th Street (upstairs)