Special Events

Material Encounters: Surface Tension, Screen Space

Monday, The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms?

Professor Giuliana Bruno, the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will discuss these elements in her talk based on the her latest research and book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Professor Bruno examines how material relations appear on the surface of different media—on film and video screens, in gallery installations, or on the skins of buildings and people. Showing how technologies of light produce new forms of materiality, she treats the screen surface as a site where different forms of mediation, memory, and transformation can take place. On the surface, new object relations and material connections are revealed, across art, architecture, fashion, design, film, and new media.