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The Piggies and the Market: Hollywood's Global Accounting

The Piggies and the Market: Hollywood's Global Accounting
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Nov 20th, 2:00 pm End: Nov 20th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), United States Studies, East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Cinema, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Public lecture by J.D. Connor, Yale

The Centre for the Study of the United States and the Munk School of Global Affairs are pleased to present:

J.D. Connor, Media Studies and Art History, Yale University

The Piggies and the Market: Hollywood's Global Accounting

In the aftermath of the economic collapse of 2008, post-recession U.S. culture has been saturated by mathematical forecasting and data visualization. Reasserting its meta-cultural prominence, cinema theorizes that saturation in light of its own challenging political economy. At the blockbuster scale, Pacific Rim takes its place in a sustained allegorical investigation of the emerging Chinese marketplace. At the indie scale, Upstream Color literalizes the problems of thinking economically. Between them we find Contagion and Thomas Piketty, Nate Silver, and Rick Santelli. It is highly recommended that people watch the film Upstream Color (dir. Shane Carruth, 2013) before attending the talk.
 
J.D. Connor teaches media studies and art history at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. His book The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood 1970–2010 will be published by Stanford University Press in 2015. He is currently completing Hollywood Math and Aftermath, from which this talk is drawn, and is in the midst of a history of tape recording and transcription called Archives of the Ambient. A portion of that project, on Glenn Gould, was published in nonsite (http://nonsite.org/). He is also a member of the steering committee of Post45.
 
This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please register HERE.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art, University of Toronto

Photo Credit: Still from Upstream Color (dir. Shane Carruth, 2013)

Professor Connor will also offer a seminar for graduate students and faculty members of the University of Toronto on 21 November from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m.  To register for this seminar, please click HERE.


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