Microworlds and Screen Utopias

A talk by Scott C. Richmond, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media, University of Toronto. A book launch for Reed Professor Kris Cohen's new book, Never Alone, Except for Now, follows the lecture.

Over the course of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s at MIT, Seymour Papert developed Logo, a programming environment that served as a diagram for, and prototype of, the radical potential of personal computing. Using Logo, schoolchildren learned not just about math through programming but about poetry, music, art—and thinking itself. Articulated before the elaboration of the commercialized, industrial, and even damaging embodiments of personal computing and begun under the aegis of radical school reform movements in the 1960s, Logo expanded our critical imaginary about what computation is and how it might contribute to a more exploratory, expressive, and humane sense of contemporary personhood.

Scott C. Richmond, assistant professor of Cinema and Digital Media at the University of Toronto, focuses on avant-garde cinema and experimental media; film theory and media theory; and phenomenology and critical theory. His work has appeared in World PictureDiscourse, and the Journal of Visual Culture. His first book, Cinema's Bodily Illusions: Flying, Floating, and Hallucinating, addresses cinema’s proprioceptive aesthetics—its ability to evoke illusions.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery exhibition, The Academy of Saturn, by artists Thomson & Craighead, 2018. Sponsored by the art department and the Cooley Gallery.

Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 1 at 4:30pm

Eliot Hall, Chapel

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public


Art, Cooley Gallery



Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts
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