Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 14:00
The Virtual Window
The cinema screen has an element in immaterial architecture. Light could carry images, light could draw in space. As computers screens and TVs have become flatter the dimensionality of architectural space has
transformed. This talk explores the tension between the materials of glass, screens, walls, and the immaterial(s) of the metaverse. No longer reliant on properties of the physical universe, the metaverse
resembles buildings, cities, and much of our familiar built environment. But it is also reliant on new paradigms of representation, new spatialities and temporalities of an ever-more virtual world.
Anne Friedberg is Professor and Chair of the Critical Studies Division in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. A historian and theorist of media culture, Professor Friedberg is the author of Window Shopping: Cinema and
the Postmodern (University of California Press, 1993) and co-editor of Close Up 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism (Princeton University Press, 1998). Her latest book is The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft (The MIT Press,2006). She is the incoming president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.