From Signification towards Affect. Faciality in Orson Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai”.

Lecture by Katharina D. Martin 
Date: 1st February 2016 at 10.45  | Location: MI Room 0.53
The Lady from Shanghai (1947) by Orson Welles
Lecture by Katharina D. Martin | Date: 1st February 2016 at 10.45 | Location: AKI ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design | Room 0.53

This lecture is as much an analysis of certain aspects in Orson Welles’ “The Lady from Shanghai”, as it is an introduction to the philosophical concept of faciality, developed by the French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Katharina D. Martin will elaborate on notions like: signifier, signified, signification and sign, to then clarify the notion of the 'machine of faciality' and its effect within Orson Welles' work. The lecture will be followed by the screening of "The Lady from Shanghai".

Cinema I: How to Watch Creatively

Seminar with Katharina D. Martin
Begin: 1st February 2016 at 10.30

The pervert’s guide to cinema (2006) by Sophie Fiennes and Slavoj Žižek
For aspiring filmmakers and image producer, one way to learn is to watch films with an analytical eye. Over the course of several days this seminar will provide useful tools for watching and analysing feature films and their theoretical implications.

The first part of this course is dedicated to the concept of faciality and the affection-image in film. These theories are based on the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. To grasp their analyses, you will be introduced to notions of signification and affect. In a second part of the course you will be familiarized with Slavoj Žižeks psychoanalytical film interpretations. In this context we will talk about Sigmund Freud and his concept of the unconscious. Each topic will be combined with the viewing of one significant film. The films will be watched together and discussed in the group.

To successfully pass this course you will have to write a review respectively an analyses of a feature film. Together we will choose one or several films for this assignment. You may base your writings on academic literature or develop your own arguments on the basis of the film material. The paper has to have a length of ca. 1500 words and must be send by mail as a word document to mail@kdmartin.eu  Closing date for submissions: 06.03.2016.