Temporality, Word, and Image

Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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The encounter with time, which we refer to as temporality, shapes our very sense of being in the world. Some writers (Proust) put the accent on the past tense; others put it on the future (Heidegger); and still others, the present (Gertrude Stein). In this program, we will consider the encounter with temporality as explored in poetics, philosophy, and critical theory alongside various experiments with rhythm, duration, and speed through time-based arts like film and photography.

We will study texts to raise pertinent questions about our sense of being, belonging, and lived experience. How do words and images navigate time differently? What do different conceptions of time reveal about our sense of memory, nostalgia, or futurity? What’s in the impulse to slow things down, or to speed things forward? How do different languages account for time, and how might they translate from one to the other, as well as from word to image and back again? Special emphasis will be placed on critical conceptions of “slow duration” as a turning point in modernist expression. We will read and discuss works by Walter Benjamin, Paul Virilio, Andre Bazin, Fredric Jameson, Johannes Fabian, and Gilles Deleuze, among others. We will reflect on these theories through the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Robert Bresson, Chantal Ackerman, Abbas Kiarostami, and Zhangke Jia. Longer readings will include Proust's  Recollections of Things Past , Gertrude Stein, and Hannah Arendt.

Students continuing into the spring quarter of the program will have the opportunity to pursue independent creative projects as part of their work, building on and deepening their reading and development from the fall as we look more closely at the issues. This program is well suited for students interested in poetics, film, visual arts, photography, critical theory, and aesthetics. No prior knowledge of these disciplines and mediums is required.

Registration

Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (16): 20033
Jr (16): 20034
So (16): 20035
Spring 2022 Registration

Academic details

Preparatory For

aesthetics, literature, media arts, philosophy and writing

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person (W)
In Person (S)
Time Offered
Day
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Location
Olympia