Giuliana Bruno, “Atmospheres of Projection”

Giuliana Bruno, “Atmospheres of Projection”

Giuliana Bruno, “Atmospheres of Projection”

Free admission

October 13, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Friday, October 13 at 7pm for a lecture by Giuliana Bruno, on the occasion of the publication of her latest book Atmospheres of Projection: Environmentality in Art and Screen Media (University of Chicago Press, 2022).

What is an atmosphere? What do atmospheres “project”? How do they create, and mediate, a visual environment?  

What is projection? Projection is itself a medium, or rather a milieu. It has long been transforming space, from shadow plays to camera obscuras and magic lantern shows. Today, our fascination with projection is alive on the walls of museums and galleries as well as in cinemas, and woven into our daily lives.

In exploring the histories of projection and atmosphere in visual culture, this lecture illustrates their continued relevance to contemporary filmmakers, artists, and architects who are reinventing the projective imagination with atmospheric thinking and the use of elemental media. 

Focusing on screen culture, Bruno looks at a range of projective mechanisms and their environments. Her excursus touches on psychoanalysis, environmental philosophy, architecture, and the history of science as well as visual art and media. 

Showing how the “environmentality” of the art of projection produces sites of exchange and relationality, the lecture binds the moving image to the ecology of atmosphere.

This talk is part of the ongoing lecture series Film Beyond Film: Art and the Moving Image at e-flux Screening Room by researchers whose work has formed the discourse at the intersection of modern/contemporary art and cinema, and that focus on the histories of artists’ films, situating them within broader aesthetic, political, and economic contexts.

Livetsream is available on this same page; no registration is necessary for the livestream.

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Film, Contemporary Art
Environment, Media Critique, Video Art

Giuliana Bruno is Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She has published seven books and over one hundred essays on visual arts, architecture, and media. Her latest book is Atmospheres of Projection: Environmentality in Art and Screen Media (Chicago, 2022). Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film (Verso, 2002) has provided new directions for visual studies and won the Kraszna-Krausz prize for best Moving Image Book. Her other books include Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (Princeton, 1993), winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies book award; Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts (MIT, 2007), and Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (Chicago, 2014). Bruno has written on art, among others, for the Guggenheim Museum, the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

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