TARKOVSKY’S CAVELLIAN PHILOSOPHY OF THE FILMIC MEDIUM

MONTAGEFORUM

MITTWOCH, 28.01.15, 17:00 UHR, RAUM 1101

FILMUNIVERSITÄT BABELSBERG KONRAD WOLF

 

ZU GAST

PROF. DR. PETER HAJNAL (BARD COLLEGE BERLIN)

TARKOVSKY’S CAVELLIAN PHILOSOPHY OF THE FILMIC MEDIUM

 

 

 

The talk will provide a brief introduction to Stanley Cavell’s (1926- ) philosophy of film, and will use this as a basis for sketching an interpretation of Andrei Tarkovsky’s (1932-1986) use of the cinematic medium to express philosophical ideas. Stanley Cavell is perhaps most famous in philosophical circles for fathering the idea that there is something intrinsically philosophical about film as a medium, or even as suggesting that film is per se a form of philosophizing. While many critics and scholars have identified philosophical ideas in the films of Tarkovsky, Cavell’s theoretical framework will allow us to speculate how we may read his films as philosophical on a deeper level, reflecting on the formal essence of the medium itself.

 

For the purposes of discussion I will provide a few short selections from Cavell. The discussion of Tarkovksy will focus centrally on the films„Nostalgia (1983), and to some degree on „Stalker“ (1978/79) and „Andrei Rubljov“ (1966).

 

Stanley Cavell’s most important books for the purposes of this talk are:

The World Viewed (1979)

Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage (1981)

 

Peter Hajnal, Founding Dean for Curriculum, joined the faculty of the European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin (now Bard College Berlin) in 2002 after an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Rutgers University (1992), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University (2003). He became Programme Director for the Academy Year Programme in 2003, and was Co-Dean of the College and of Academic Affairs from 2007-2012. Together with Thomas Norgaard he developed the Values Studies approach to liberal education.

His current research and teaching interests focus on the development of a genuine interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of painting, sculpture, architecture and film in dialogue with philosophical texts, where the artworks themselves are taken seriously as partners in that dialogue. Additional research interests include the philosophies of interdisciplinary and general education, theories of rationality (and normativity more broadly construed), Marxist conceptions of literature, the philosophy of mathematics, a little bit of cognitive science, and some areas of intellectual history.

 

(Der Vortrag wird auf Englisch gehalten.)

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