Our Brains on Screen: Neurocinema and Delirious Cognitive Automation
In Until the End of the World (1991) film director Wim Wenders pioneered with digital technology to render images from direct brain stimulation, translating dream images from the brain onto the screen. Science fiction then has become neuroscientific reality. Film and other visualization technologies have always had an intimate relationship with the idea of disclosing the mysteries of our brain worlds. In this lecture Patricia Pisters will introduce some developments in the history of film in relation to developments in neuroscience and our knowledge about (and obsessions with) the brain.
Patricia Pisters is professor of film at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam and director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is one of the founding editors of the Open Access journal Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies and the author of The Neuro-Image: A Deleuzian Film—Philosophy of Digital Screen Culture (Stanford University Press). Her latest book Filming for the Future is on the work of Dutch documentary filmmaker Louis van Gasteren (Amsterdam University Press, 2016). Currently she is working on a book project about madness, cinema and contemporary media; and on a multi-media project on metallurgy, media and minds.See for articles, her blog, audio-visual material and other information also www.patriciapisters.com.