Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The first meeting of the year will be at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 26th, in Kent Hall, Room 411.

Vito Adriaensens will be presenting his project, “From New Stagecraft to New Cinema – Silent Film Performs the Avant-Garde.”

His paper will be circulated to colloquium members in advance.

Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar at Columbia University with a two-year [PEGASUS]2 Marie Sktodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Project and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). He also teaches a course on silent cinema at Columbia University, and has worked at the University of Antwerp, the University of Copenhagen, the VU University in Amsterdam and the University College in Ghent. His research focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and (art) historical interaction between film, theatre and visual arts, with an emphasis on silent cinema. He has written two books for Edinburgh University Press that will come out in 2017: the co-authored Screening Statues: Sculpture in Cinema (with Steven Jacobs, Susan Felleman and Lisa Colpaert), which deals with sculptural motifs from Georges Méliès’s animation of statues to experiments in expanded cinema; and the monograph Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema, on early European cinema’s appropriation of nineteenth-century theatrical and pictorial strategies. His new project, From New Stagecraft to New Cinema – Silent Film Performs the Avant-Garde, delves into the historiographical cap between the historical avant-garde on stage and screen.