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Fall 2014 - Spring 2020. Ph.D. Candidate

at the Department of Cinema Studies,

New York University (NYU)

 

 

SPATIALITY AND KINO-THINGS

The exploration of spatio-temporality and materiality of cinematic image and its perceptual qualities is among my research interests. From 2011 to 2014 I have instructed two courses on these topics: Cinematic Space and Time (Lithuanian Academy of Theater, Music and Film) and Spatio-Temporal Aesthetics of Film (Vilnius Academy of Arts). I am particularly interested in changes understanding and expression of cinematic time and space are undergoing since cinema's inception. My research engages with analogue and digital aspects of spatio-temporality from two interrelated perspectives: film production and film perception.

Moreover, I treat spatiality and thingness as aspects that could help to reapproach cinema's affective power. According to Ewa Mazierska, only in the 21st century film studies started to witness a growing interest in spatial analysis of films and the shifts from time to space and from (his)story to spatial discourses started to happen in many kinds of film research. I thus tend to posit my research project (a dissertation I am working on at NYU) in light of this the current "space wave”.  Also, in light of interdisciplinary object-oriented theories, I attempt to show that a focus on kino-things—spatial and material constituents of a chronotope of a plane of film expression—enables us to re-consider and re-examine both: films and film theory. By mapping out roles cinematic objects play in post-Soviet Eastern European films, in my doctoral dissertation project I prioritize a material constituent in films’ aesthetic chronotope as a productive method of aesthetic and cultural analysis of recent Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian films.

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