Visual and Material Culture: Course

Gazing at Screen

9306684
Benyamini Itzhak, Dr., Semester 1, Sunday, 10:30-14:00
4.0
As part of the course I hope to present the framework of a theoretical and fundamental discussion and analysis of what I call the spectating-subject and the different modes of interaction it has with the screen (television, cinema and computer). Using the psychoanalytic theory of Freud and Lacan together with critical literature from thinkers as diverse as Benjamin, Metz, Virilio, Althusser, ?i?ek, Baudrillard and Mulvey we will deal with the concept of interpolation, specifically the simulative manner it manifests in the subject of our contemporary technological-entertainment world. In the first part we will attempt to understand the screen as the Other which gazes emptily at the subject - simultaneously objectifying it and forcing it to identify with the screen content. Secondly, we will discuss what seems to be the beginning of a process (both apocalyptic and liberating in nature) in which the screen is increasingly merging (both physically and mentally) with the spectator-subject until the future end result will leave the two indiscernible.