liquid blackness is a research group on blackness and aesthetics composed of graduate students and alumni of the Moving Image Studies program and is coordinated by Dr. Alessandra Raengo. The group creates critical encounters around art and develops innovative tools to analyze the mercurial ways in which blackness is encountered in our contemporary visual and sonic culture.
Each liquid blackness initiative includes an event (film series, symposium, etc.), a research project and a scholarly publication available on our site.
The Rendering (the) Visible conference is organized by the doctoral program in Moving Image Studies and is chaired by faculty members Jennifer Barker, Alessandra Raengo and Angelo Restivo. The conference offers a forum for meta-disciplinary discussion of issues pertinent to the study of visuality, moving image media and sound. It has taken place in 2011 and 2014 and has attracted scholars and artists from around the world. Past conferences have opened with screenings of new media art (Phil Solomon in 2011 and a program curated by Timothy Murray in 2014) and have had keynote addresses delivered by Akira Lippit and Vivian Sobchack in 2011 and Pasi Väliaho in 2014. A forum for the showcasing of the most recent turns in media and visual theory, the conference encourages interdisciplinary experimentations and is open to projects that are at the intersection of theory and practice.
In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship. Our goal is to promote an online dialogue among scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience mediated texts.
Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. We use the title “curator” because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended to introduce the curator’s work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who frequent the site) and encourage feedback/discussion from that community.
Theme weeks generate a networked conversation among curators. The posts for theme weeks thematically overlap and the participating curators each agree to comment on one another’s work.
In Media Res hopes to:
• Give scholars the opportunity to critically engage with the media in a more immediate and timely way.
• Promote discussion within the media studies community through virtual interactions around contemporary media artifacts.
• Enable a lively debate in which the totally of the conversation will be more valuable than any one particular voice.
• Bridge the divide between academic and non-academic communities, inviting a critically engaged and/or curious public to join in.
• Lead to the emergence of new scholarly and pedagogical ideas about studying and teaching media.
• Work toward reinvigorating the academic’s role as public intellectual by presenting media scholars not just as informed experts with valuable ideas to impart about critical media literacy, but as fellow citizens in a mediated society.