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Berys Gaut: Cinematic Art and Technology

On February 27, Prof. Berys Gaut (University of St. Andrews) will hold the opening lecture for the Groningen Graduate Workshop on Film Philosophy. You are cordially invited to attend the lecture.

Organized by Judith Vega (Faculty of Philosophy) and Julian Hanich (Department of Arts, Culture and Media)


Cinema was born as technology and rapidly grew into an art. What is the relation of its artistic to its technological properties? In this lecture I argue that the proper artistic appreciation of cinematic artworks is partly dependent on their technological features. For appreciating a cinematic artwork is in part a matter of appreciating the achievement that it is, which in turn depends in part on understanding the kinds of difficulties that the filmmakers confronted and overcame in making it, and these problems and solutions are themselves partly dependent on the nature of the cinematic technology that the film incorporates. I illustrate and defend these claims by comparing how digital films can solve certain filmmaking problems with how non-digital films can do so.

Berys Gaut

Berys Gaut is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of many publications on aesthetics and ethics, with a special focus on film philosophy, among which A Philosophy of Cinematic Art (C.U.P., 2010) and Art, Emotions and Ethics (O.U.P, 2007); he was co-editor of a.o. The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (Routledge, 2001), and Ethics and Practical Reason (O.U.P, 1997).

The workshop and lecture have been made possible by financial support from the Groningen Faculty of Philosophy and Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

When & where?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11.00 am - 12.15
Van Swinderenhuys, Glass hall (ground floor), Oude Boteringestraat 19

Last modified:16 February 2015 3.44 p.m.