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[Commlist] Symposium invite - From Counter-culture to the Capitalocene: Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point at 50

Wed Feb 12 16:07:53 GMT 2020

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*Symposium invite below on behalf of Dr Stephen Connolly (University for the Creative Arts). *

*Friday 14th February, 11.00-18.00, UCA Farnham.*

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[Zabriskie point, 1970. Director: Michelangelo Antonioni]

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point was a critical and commercial failure on its release in 1970.

Antonioni was accused of not understanding America; the film was seen as a superficial aesthetic engagement with landscape and the emerging counter culture.

Fifty years on, the film’s attunement to capital’s impact on the Californian landscape – an early and trenchant visualisation of what may be called the Capitalocene – is coming into view.

Furthermore, in Antonioni’s rendering of the US, any trace of dissent is violently policed; a highly prescient mainstream framing of militaristic management of dissent in the land of the free.

On its half century anniversary, this symposium revisits the film as a precursor of cultural and environmental critique in the cinema.

Speakers will draw on contemporary reverberations of the filmmakers vision and his anticipation of material culture will make for a multi-faceted exciting symposium relevant to today's engaged students of film and media.

/Symposium organised by Stephen Connolly (UCA) and Matilde Nardelli (UWL) assisted by Emma Reyes (UCA)///

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