SPECIAL EFFECTS

PROGRAM FOR THE STANFORD PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM ON:
ENGINEERING AND THE HUMANITIES

FEBRUARY 11-12, 2000


Symposium Introduction || Participant Biographies

All events listed below will be held in the Cantor Visual Arts Center except for the Friday evening session which will be in Gates B01. All events are free and open to the public.


Friday, February 11, 9:30 a.m.
Colloquium Introduction: Jeffrey Schnapp (Comparative Literature)

Friday, February 11, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Special Effects: Event (History I)
Moderator: Jeffrey Schnapp
Denis Rosenfield (Philosophy) On the Eucharist (About the relationship between reason and faith)
Michael Taussig (Anthropology) "Special Effects: Heat" (In an Age of Global Warming)
Hent de Vries (Cultural Analysis) "Of Miracles"

12:30-1:00 p.m.: Special Effects hosted by Scott Bukatman (Film Studies)

Friday, February 11, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Special Effects: Spectacle (History II)
Moderator: Pamela Lee (Art History)
Wolfgang Welsch (Philosophy) "Special Effects Past and Present (also outside technology)"
Samuel Weber (Comparative Literature) "Theatricality and Special Effects"
Thomas Elsaesser (Media Studies) "Look, No Hands: From Index to Digit"
Jim Steinmeyer (Illusion Designer) "Stage Effects and their History"

5:30-6:00 p.m.: Special Effects hosted by Scott Bukatman

Friday, February 11, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Special Effects: State of the Art
Moderator: Michael Marrinan (Art History)
Location: Gates B01
John Berton (ILM): "Visual Effects at ILM: the Making of the Mummy"
Ed Catmull (Pixar) "Recent Special Effects Production at Pixar"
Paul Kaiser (Riverbed) "The Making of Merce CunninghamÕs BIPED"
Rob Legato (Sony ImageWorks) "Making Special Effects Not Appear Special"
Carl Rosendahl (PDI) "Recent Special Effects Production at PDI"

Saturday, February 12, 10:00 am-12:30 p.m
Special Effects: Morphing
Moderator: Terry Winograd (Computer Science)
Vivian Sobchack (Film Studies) "Meta-Morphing: On a Special Effect and its Special Affects"
Tom Brigham (Sightlines) "The Perfect Morph: Morphins Past and Future"
Shawn Neely (PDI) "Morphing at PDI"

12:30-1:00: Special Effects hosted by Scott Bukatman

Saturday, February 12, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Special Effects: Worlds
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Comparative Literature)
Marshall Monroe (Blue Sky Entertainment) "Where Stories Live: Special Effects and Placemaking"
Roger Romani (Astrophysics) "What's so Special about the Effects near Black Holes?"
Urs Stäheli (Sociology) "Globalization as Special Effect"
Krzysztof Wodiczko (Visual Arts) "The Monument Effect"


Presentations by invited speakers will be followed by a moderated debate, after which the discussion will be opened to audience participation.

For more information on the symposium, call (650) 723-7532. These events are free and open to the public.



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