The Nonfiction Imagination and the Infinite Screen
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:30pm
Timken Lecture Hall

This installment of the Infinite Screens Talk Screens takes place at
California College of the Arts
Timken Lecture Hall
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Free and open to the public.


Film in the 20th Century was to a great extent defined by scarcity. Moving images were primarily seen in theaters or broadcast television and home video. Production and distribution costs made access difficult to impossible for those who wished to explore non-commercial uses of the medium.

Film at the dawn of the 21st century is defined by the near elimination of scarcity and the proliferation of infinite screens on which moving images may be seen. A mobile phone is the ticket to video production. An internet connection provides access, with varying degrees of legality, to practically any moving image work ever made, at no additional cost, in formats that can be viewed in contexts completely outside the control of the original makers – contexts that can change or even negate the original meaning of the work. The proliferation of image production and consumption is also changing the way we experience every aspect of life, from politics to poetry, from our perception of reality to the means through which we seek understanding of – or respite from - the pressures of everyday life.

The Way Beyond Art: Infinite Screens examines artistic responses to our media-framed world as well as the challenges artists and exhibitors must grapple with in this accelerated media landscape.

Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s Hearsay of the Soul serves as the exhibition component to Infinite Screens. Herzog resurrects the work of Dutch Golden Age painter and printmaker Hercules Pieterszoon Seghers as cinematic projections in a five-channel video work with a musical score by composer Ernst Reijseger. In conjunction with the exhibition, weekly talks and panels featuring CCA Faculty and bay area artists and programmers will examine issues surrounding moving image work in the age of infinite screens.

Finley + Muse: The Nonfiction Imagination and the Infinite Screen
Finley + Muse will present media projects that utilize non-fiction materials to consider how technological developments and representational imagery have expanded the notion of cinema, installation and social engagement in contemporary art practice.


All talks begin at 7:30 PM
*Please note the change in schedule below.

Panel Discussion: Time Capsules: Creating and Exhibiting Cinema in the Age of Infinite Screens
CCA Interim Film Chair Brook Hinton moderates this panel of artists and programmers who will discuss challenges and strategies related to making, exhibiting and distributing moving image work in a continously evolving “extra-theatrical” media landscape.

Lynn Kirby: The Gift of Time
CCA Film and Graduate Fine Arts faculty member Lynn Marie Kirby examines how works of cinematic art today have moved beyond the classical use and understanding of cinematic time to open ended digital structures of time that "cut against the grain of human temporal ratios." These new forms of working in time extend human perception of time. Kirby will show examples of contemporary artists' work as well as her own.

Brook Hinton: Lost (and Found) In Translation
The language of film and video has developed in response to specific physical qualities and constraints of the media used and the context of its exhibition. In an age of infinite screens, the very foundation of film language and aesthetics must be re-examined. Hinton will discuss the resulting challenges and opportunities filmmakers and media artists now face.