Prof. Lorenzo Marmo, Universitas Mercatorum, Roma;
Dr. Tommaso Morawski, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
The Colloquium Visions from Above is a transdisciplinary event, which aspires to establish a dialogue between international researchers on the cinematic rendition of aerial perspective.
The history of the “vision from above” is a long and stratified one: from XVIII century air balloons to contemporary satellites, such a history has followed the developments of technology and the related epistemic changes step by step. Through a wide-ranging reflection encompassing narrative, documentary, and experimental cinema, our goal is to investigate the metamorphoses undergone by images and media as well as by spatiality itself in contemporary visual culture.
The main areas of inquiry are: the relationship between film and architecture; the role of the masses in aerial views of the urban space; the view from above as a device of warfare and surveillance; the representational practices of new media and cinema.
The discussion will hence be articulated in four panels, conceived around these distinct, yet strongly intertwined, theoretical knots.