Laboratory in philosophy and cinema (2020/2021)

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Gianluca Solla
Gianluca Solla
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

Workshop on Philosophy and Cinema
The Workshop of Philosophy and Cinema aims to specifically develop contemporary philosophical research focusing on cinema, its birth, its history, and related issues. Though it mainly employs philosophical methodologies, it also resorts to use elements and conceptual tools coming from other disciplines, such as anthropology, history of culture, and visual studies.
Particular attention will be given to the development of the following skills:
- Understanding the status of art and its political implications;
- Ability to compare peculiar aspects of past thought with contemporary themes and / or authors;
- Ability to formulate independent judgments on the genesis, nature and meaning of the issues addressed during the courses.


Time and image

Based on its educational goals, the Workshop for Philosophy and Cinema intends to constitute a starting point for learning and using the conceptuality necessary to reflect on the cinematographic experience and to analyze film materials with respect to their philosophical implications, thus deepening the very notion of medium.
This year's Workshop will focus on the image in its relationship with the temporal dimension and will privilege the concepts of moving image, audiovisual, rhythm and editing.

The bibliography, purely indicative, includes some classics of the genre and contributions that refer to the current debate on the theory of cinema, from which chapters and excerpts on which the workshop meetings will focus will be extracted. The actual materials will be distributed during the laboratory and made available to non-attending students after the conclusion of the laboratory itself. A list of the audio-video materials used during the meetings will also be made available.
1. Gilles Deleuze, L’immagine-tempo. Cinema 2, Einaudi, Torino 2017.
2. Edgar Morin, Il cinema o l’uomo immaginario, Cortina, Milano 2016.
3. Michel Chion, L’audiovisione. Suono e immagine nel cinema, Lindau, Torino 1999.
4. Raymond Bellour, L’analisi del film, Kaplan, Torino 2005.
5. Andrej Tarkovskij, Scolpire il tempo. Riflessioni sul cinema, Istituto Internazionale Tarkovskij, Firenze 2015.
6. Giuseppe Fidotta, Andrea Mariani (a cura di), Archeologia dei media. Temporalità, materia, tecnologia, Meltemi, Milano 2018
7. Adriano D’Aloia, Ruggero Eugeni (a cura di), Teorie del cinema. Il dibattito contemporaneo, Raffello Cortina, Milano 2017.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Edgar Morin Il cinema o l'uomo immaginario Raffaello Cortina 2016
Raymond Bellour L’analisi del film Kaplan 2005
Michel Chion L’audiovisione. Suono e immagine nel cinema Lindau 1999
Gilles Deleuze L'immagine-tempo. Cinema 2 Einaudi 2017
Andrej Tarkovskij Scolpire il tempo. Riflessioni sul cinema Istituto Internazionale Tarkovskij 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Teaching will focus largely on discussions and active contributions from the students, in order to analyze texts and film materials, building together a shared knowledge around the themes of the Workshop. Active participation during the workshop is recommended (with interventions by individual students and group work). This method of participation replaces the exam or other form of final verification.
For non-attending students please contact the teacher in order to find an alternative training path to be discussed orally.