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Videographic Frankenstein

September 26, 2018 to October 26, 2018
Dr Sidney & Iris Miller Discussion Space


An Exhibition of Creative and Scholarly Video
Curated by Shane Denson, Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818, Videographic Frankenstein reflects on the novel’s visual legacy across more than a century of adaptation in film, television, and other media. The exhibition foregrounds scholarly and creative work that utilizes digital video for a self-reflexive analysis of moving-image media. This self-reflexive methodology is particularly appropriate for the study of Frankenstein and its many cinematic adaptations: the cinema itself works by stitching together “dead” photographic traces of the past to “animate” its hybrid compositions, and it can therefore be regarded as a “Frankensteinian” technology in its own right. 

The many Frankenstein films produced over the past century – from Thomas Edison’s silent Frankenstein (1910) to digitally enhanced CGI spectacles like I, Frankenstein (2014) – offer an important register of the historically contingent relations between humans and their technologies, including the relation of spectators to the cinematic apparatus. Videographic explorations of this rich archive thus provide an exceptional opportunity to think about our evolving relations to technology, including media technologies, while contributing to and helping to shape an emerging field of scholarly and creative media practice.

Public lecture
“Videographic Deformations: How (and Why) to Break Your Favorite Films” | Jason Mittell
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 5:30-7pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building, Stanford
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Image: Matthew Fishel

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Dr Sidney & Iris Miller Discussion Space is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free all day on the weekend and after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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