Montages: film, video art, and critical aesthetics

Lecture series, Science, Roma

Ways of Seeing





Lecture series, Science

Ways of Seeing

How have modern and contemporary filmmakers and video artists taken on board digital technology? How has their ‘digital turn’ contributed not only to challenge aesthetic canons but also to reconfigure established modes of production of film, art, and audiovisual expression? This concluding workshop brings together historians of cinema, art historians, and philosophers to address the raised questions by inviting them to investigate and reflect upon different kinds of montage, both in a technical and aesthetic sense.


With: Emmanuel Alloa, François Bovier, Guelfo Carbone, Dario Cecchi, Fabio Gianfrancesco, Malvina Giordana, Toni Hildebrandt, Angela Maiello, Cyrill Miksch, Pietro Montani, Barbara Olszewska, Nicole Schweizer, Philippe Sormani, Giovanni Tusa, Giovanna Zapperi

Evening lecture, 16 June 2016:
Pietro Montani (Università La Sapienza, Roma) Reality, authenticity, and images’ authentication: aesthetic emotion and new technologies


Thursday, 16 June

10.00 Welcome Michele Luminati and Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

10.15 Introductory remarks:
Living in the cave / leaving the cave
Guelfo Carbone (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

10.45 Surface Montage
Cyrill Miksch (eikones – Bildkritik, Basel and Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

11.30 Il montaggio scomposto. La distanza di PeleĆĄjan in Pietro Marcello
Malvina Giordana (University Roma Tre)

12.30 Pasolini’s Theory of Montage
Toni Hildebrandt (Art history, University of Berne)

15.00 Dal pathos degli oppressi al sentimento di giustizia. Potere politico delle immagini e cultura digitale
Dario Cecchi (Sapienza University of Rome)

15.45 The montage of catastrophe: uses (and abuses) of visual testimonies of the Armenian genocide
Emmannuel Alloa (UNISG, St. Gallen)

16.30 Media hijacking: Delphine Seyrig’s feminist gaze
Giovanna Zapperi (École Nationale SupĂ©rieure d’Art, Bruges)

18.00 Evening lecture
RealtĂ , autenticitĂ , autenticazione delle immagini: emozione estetica e nuove tecnologie
Pietro Montani (Sapienza University of Rome)


Friday, 17 June

10.00 Introduction and Chair
Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

10.15 Impact Art Video Art 74 et New Forms in Film: les prĂ©misses de l’institutionnalisation de l’image en mouvement en Suisse romande
François Bovier (UNIL/ECAL, Lausanne)

11.30 The Spaces of the Moving Image. Viewing contexts and strategies of display
Nicole Schweizer (Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne)

12.30 Film editing as experience: video art and its tricky montage
Barbara Olszewska (UT, CompiĂšgne)

15.00 Il montaggio digitale. Il caso di Long Story Short
Angela Maiello (Sapienza University of Rome)

15.45 Immagine e didascalia: sovrapposizione, simultaneitĂ , indistinguibilitĂ , noncuranza
Fabio Gianfrancesco (Sapienza University of Rome / Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

16.45 Montage and new media: the production of space
Giovanni Tusa (Global Center for Advanced Studies)

17.30 Kitsch, camp, and conversation: some concluding remarks
Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

18.00 Final Discussion and Apéritif

Evening lecture full video

Pietro Montani
1987-1993: Associate Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Urbino. Starting in 2000, full Professor of Aesthetics in the Department of Philosophy of Sapienza-University of Rome. Director of the Masters program «The Role of the Arts in the New Professions» and coordinator of the three-year program in Philosophy in the same Department. From 1997 to 2003 he was a member of the faculty board of the doctoral research program in Philosophy (Aesthetics) with administrative base at the University of Bologna. From 1999 to 2003 he was part of the faculty of the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema (CSC). He is presently a member of the faculty board of the doctoral research program in Philosophy of Sapienza-University of Rome, and a member of the advisory board of SocietĂ  italiana d’Estetica. He serves on the steering committees of Rivista di Estetica, Carte semiotiche and the online magazine Images rĂ©-vues. He has taught courses and seminars in various Italian universities and, as Directeur d’études associĂ©, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has coordinated the following international study conferences: «Roman Jakobson: linguistics and poetics», Sapienza-University of Rome, 1986; «S. M. Ejzenstejn. Beyond cinema: figures, forms, the meaning of the image», Venice Biennale, 1990; «The forms of thought through images – Aby Warburg: 1866-2001», Sapienza-University of Rome, 2001; “Fiat Imago, Pereat Mundus”, Sapienza-University of Rome, 2010; “The Possible Dwelling”, Ravello, Auditorium O. Niemeyer, 25-27 May 2013. He has coordinated the research unit on «Aesthetics and Practical Philosophy» connected to the Program of Scientific Research of National Interest co-financed by MURST (1999), «Rethinking Aesthetics». He is the consulting editor of the Italian edition of the Selected Works of S. M. Ejzenstejn (Marsilio Editori, Venezia, 8 voll., 1981-2007). National consulting coordinator of the PRIN 2009 research project “Ethics and Aesthetics”. In 2014 he was the winner of the “Awards” project titled “Interactive Imagination”.