Monday, March 25 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Taper Hall (THH), 309k
3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
THE IMAGE IN THE AGE OF ITS GENERAL EXCHANGEABILITY
A Talk by Peter Szendy (Brown University )
Our world is increasingly saturated with images. Their number is growing so exponentially—on social networks and screens of all kinds—that the space in which we live is literally overflowing with images (we are approaching the limit which Walter Benjamin described as “a one hundred percent image space”). The question of storing or circulating them, their weight, the fluidity or viscosity of their exchanges, the fluctuations in their values—in short, the whole business of the image economy—is more pertinent than ever. In the light of these new iconomics of our times, we will try to rewrite Benjamin’s essay on “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility”.
Peter Szendy is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Brown University and musicological advisor for the concert programs at the Paris Philharmony. He has taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Paris Nanterre and in the Music Department at the University of Strasbourg. Among his recent works: The Supermarket of the Visible: Towards a General Economy of Images (Fordham University Press, forthcoming); Of Stigmatology: Punctuation as Experience (Fordham University Press, 2017); All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage (Fordham University Press, 2016); Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World (Fordham University Press, 2015).
This lecture is part of a series on “Media, Form, and Thought,” generously cosponsored by the USC Dornsife Divisional Vice Dean for the Humanities, Undergraduate Dean, and Graduate Dean, the Departments of Comparative Literature, Latin American and Iberian Culture, American Studies and Ethnicity, English, French and Italian, and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the French and Francophone Research and Resource Center, the German Studies program, the Center for Visual Anthropology, and the School of Cinematic Arts.