The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: Visual Effects and the Phenomenology of Perceptual Control
Presenter: Professor Jay Lampert, Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University
Can we derive a new model of perception from digital visual effects programs like Adobe After Effects? Philosophers of film have discussed the aesthetics of digital cinema, but not the phenomenology of the act of compositing. This paper will consider three topics: the art of perceptual control; compositing perception by layers and transparency; and implications for phenomenological structures like time, perspective, and reflexivity. Works of art like Iron Man 3, World War Z, and Enter the Void, and digital programs like "Time Warp", may be clues to the next generation of perceptual evolution.
(*Please visit http://www.methodstudios.com/work/iron-man-3 (Click on the 'Making of' box) to see a short video of visual effects making-of.)
Jay Lampert works on philosophy of time. His books include Synthesis and Backward Reference in Husserl's Logical Investigations (Kluwer, 1995), Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy of History (Continuum, 2006), Simultaneity and Delay (Continuum, 2012), and The Future of a Decision (in progress). He has published articles on Hegel, Derrida, Ancient Egyptian philosophy, philosophy of film, and other topics. He teaches Philosophy at Duquesne University (having recently left the University of Guelph, where he taught for 20 years). In Spring 2016, he will teach a graduate course on Deleuze's 2-Volume work, Cinema. Deleuze cites about 600 films in this text. Lampert is trying to see them all by January.
All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.
For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy, at email@example.com, 396-6507, or visit the CIQR website at www.duq.edu/ciqr.
*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University. It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University. It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).