What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms?

Professor Giuliana Bruno, the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will discuss these elements in her talk based on the her latest research and book,Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media, University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Bruno examines how material relations appear on the surface of different media—on film and video screens, in gallery installations, or on the skins of buildings and people. On the surface, new object relations and material connections are revealed, across art,architecture, fashion, design, film, and new media.

Presented by the University of Chicago’s Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, Cinema and Media Studies, and Film Studies Center.