January 28, 2015 - Homay King

Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
“Christian Marclay’s Two Clocks”

Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) is a 24-hour digital video work composed entirely of found footage of clocks, watches, and people announcing or inquiring about the time, culled from film and television history. Shown only in installation form, it is synched to function as an accurate timepiece. But is Marclay’s clock digital or analog? This talk will define these terms and consider their relationship in light of Henri Bergson’s theory of durational time.

February 4, 2015 - Dr. Alberto Mira

Reader in Spanish, Oxford Brookes University

"Heroes in Transition: Class and Gender in the cine quinqui"
Cine quinqui is one of the key phenomenon of Spanish transition cinema. Francoist popular cinema had complacently focused on tame villagers and even tamer members of the urban middle classes, Around 1980, a number of films started to make visible the subculture of young urban proletarians and small time delinquents. With deep roots in neorealism and using some shock tactics of popular journalism, these films engaged with social conflict and proposed variations on gender roles. The lecture will be illustrated with clips from such films as Navajeros (1980), Perros callejeros (1977), Colegas (1982) or Perras callejeras (1985).