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Kino-lecture by Lev Manovich (USA)
THURSDAY, January 5, at 19.00
at the RIXC Media Space (Riga, 11. Novembra krastmala 35)
Lev Manovich will introduce the Latvian translation of his book "The Language of New Media" (published by RIXC, Riga, 2006) and will present a lecture on recent developments in digital culture. He will illustrate his ideas by presenting and analysing the newest digital media projects and as well as segments from the following feature films:
"Blow-up" (1966, UK/Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni)
A photographer who is talented but aimless has photographed violence and pain without feeling any involvement. When he takes pictures of a couple in a park, he finds that he may have discovered a mystery, one that insists on involving him.
"Blade Runner" (1982, USA. Directed by Ridley Scott, Writing credits: Philip K. Dick (novel))
In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when five replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth.
"Minority Report" (2002, ASV. Directed by Steven Spielberg) Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Minority Report is about a cop in the future (2054) working in a division of the police department that arrests killers before they commit the crimes courtesy of some future viewing technology. Cruise's character has the tables turned on him when he is accused of a future crime and must find out what brought it about and stop it before it can happen.
"The Language of New Media" (Latvian edition, RIXC : Riga, 2006).
The book "The Language of New Media" by Lev Manovich published by MIT Press in 2001. In his book Manovich analyses the language of new media by placing it within the history of modern visual and media cultures. This book offers the most rigorous definition to date of new digital media; it places its object of attention within the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan. Among other topics, Manovich discusses parallels between the histories of cinema and of new media, digital cinema, screen and montage in cinema and in new media, and historical ties between avant-garde film and new media.
The Language of New Media is required reading not only for those concerned with the discourses surrounding new media, but also for anyone critically engaged with contemporary art and culture.
Biography of the author
Lev Manovich was born in Moscow where he studied fine arts, architecture and computer science. He moved to New York in 1981, receiving an M.A. in Cognitive Science (NYU, 1988) and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester .
He is a Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego where he teaches new media art and theory. Manovich is the author of the book “The Language of New Media” as well as many other articles and research papers.
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