Texture Analysis: Film, Fashion, and Material Culture: Seminar

Film and fashion are most powerful image-makers. They are prime agents of visual expression and objects of material culture. They share a role in conveying identity, commanding identification, creating narratives, and shaping visual trends. Seminar explores their common language. Looks at the culture of fashion and considers both fashion and film as cultural \”fabric.\” Explores, in particular, the current intersection of fashion with contemporary visual arts. Reading in history and theory of the media will be accompanied by film analysis. Seminar will conduct a close text(ur)al analysis of In the Mood for Love, a film by Wong Kar-Wai. Note: Expected to be omitted in 2006-07. Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as VES 185x.Prerequisite: A course in film studies or the equivalent course in cultural studies. Also note that screenings take place on Tuesdays, 7-9 pm.