Interdisciplinary Seminar: D. N. Rodowick

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7 - 8pm

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Through an analysis of recent video and installation work by Victor Burgin, D. N. Rodowick will discuss the place of the moving image in contemporary art in terms of how it presents a naming crisis around questions of movement, image, time, history, and visuality.  This naming crisis is generated out of an undecidability concerning the placement of such artworks within a past genealogy of moving images and the difficulty of grasping their anticipatory force as the harbinger of future relationships to the image.

D. N. Rodowick is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, as well as Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.  Rodowick is the author of numerous essays as well as five books, including The Virtual Life of Film (Harvard University Press, 2007). His edited collection, Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze's Film Philosophy, was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2009. His most recent books, An Elegy for Theory and Philosophy’s Artful Conversation, will be published by Harvard University Press, in fall 2013 and 2014 respectively. Rodowick is also an award-winning experimental filmmaker and video artist, who has created more than a dozen new works in digital video in the past two years.

D. N. Rodowick is a Robert Lehman Visiting Artist at The Cooper Union for Spring 2013.


The Interdisciplinary Seminar was designed twenty years ago to contribute to a regular and sustainable discussion on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them. Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Seminar is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union.  We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.


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