Noam M. Elcott, “Arthur Jafa: Seeing is Believing in the Age of AI”

Noam M. Elcott, “Arthur Jafa: Seeing is Believing in the Age of AI”

Noam M. Elcott, “Arthur Jafa: Seeing is Believing in the Age of AI”

Free admission

May 14, 2024, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm for “Arthur Jafa: Seeing is Believing in the Age of AI,” a lecture by Noam M. Elcott.

In the last decade, Arthur Jafa has incomparably advanced our understanding of art and visual culture at the intersections of technology, race, and history. Works like Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) capture the swells of Black joy and pain as they undulate in and through distributed technology networks enabled by camera phones and social media. In ***** (pronounced “redacted,” 2024), Jafa restores the harrowing conclusion of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) to its original but ultimately redacted racial animus. The 73-minute video is much more than an exercise in film history. It is an education in racial vision, a meditation on the visible and the invisible in the US, and the most compelling exploration to date of the possibilities for art in the age of artificial intelligence.

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 contributed to shaping the discourse at the intersection of modern/contemporary art and cinema, focusing on the histories of artists’ films and situating them within broader aesthetic, political, and economic contexts.

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Film, Race & Ethnicity, Lecture, Technology
Blackness, Artificial intelligence, Video Art, Mass Media & Entertainment

Noam M. Elcott is associate professor for the history of modern art and director of the Center for Comparative Media at Columbia University. He is also an editor of the journal Grey Room. Elcott is the author of the award-winning book Artificial Darkness: An Obscure History of Modern Art and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2016; paperback 2018), as well as essays on art, film, and media published in leading journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues. His current book projects are ArtTM: A History of Modern Art, Authenticity, and Trademarks and Photography, Identity, Status: August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century.

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