11 Apr 2013

The Logic of the De-cinematic, or, Origins of Japanese Cinema:
From the Magic Lantern through Avant-Garde Cinema to Anime.
A Talk by Professor Kitano Keisuke (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)
Time and Venue:
Tuesday 30 April 2013, 6:30pm
Birkbeck College, Room 417
Malet Street, Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX
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The Birkbeck Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice and the London Asia Pacific Cultural Studies Forum are delighted to invite you to a talk by distinguished Japanese film scholar Kitano Keisuke.
In his talk, professor Kitano will outline an alternative trajectory of the engines that have been mobilised during the history of Japanese cinema. He will conduct this attempt firstly by examining the pre-cinematic devices and their relationship with the import of cinema in Japan, and, secondly, by offering a theorization of the process of “Japanese cinema” as an embodiment of its differentiation from its own preceding cultural forms as well as from Western cinema. Finally, he will consider how many Japanese film productions have been driven by the expressive engines that had been formulated in that earlier self-formation process.
Kitano Keisuke is professor at the College of Image Arts and Science, Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), of which he has been vice-dean from 2009 to 2012. In addition to his numerous books and essays, including Eizoron-Jyosetu [Introduction to the Theories of Visual Image] (Jinbunshoin, 2009), Professor Kitano has participated in many international conferences and events. These include 'Contemporary Japanese Cinema: Outside, Elsewhere, In the World' (University of Southern California); ‘International Meeting for Film Experts’ (Berlin Film Festival, 2007); ‘Creative Industry Conference’ (Berlin, 2007); and ‘Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival’ (2007). His forthcoming book will reconsider Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the ‘Societies of Control’ following the digitalisation of society through a rethinking of the power of expressive medium in the fine arts.

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