STROBOSCOPIC: Andy Warhol’s Up Tight and Exploding Plastic Inevitable
Thursday October 6- 7pm
721 Broadway, 6th floor
Presented by NYU Cinema Studies and the Performance Studies Lecture Series
This talk examines the flickering interchange between stasis and movement in Warhol’s 1966 expanded media projects Up Tight and the Velvet Underground and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Critics have noted this dialectic’s importance in Warhol’s oeuvre; here, Homay King reads it as part of an ongoing struggle on Warhol’s part to restore vitality to frozen images. The mortified quality of Warhol’s silkscreens — particularly visible in the Death and Disaster series — is offset by the vital energy and morphing forms of the time-based works. Warhol’s turn to film, sound, and live performance could be said to reanimate deadlocked icons and to gesture toward forms of movement and expanded possibility. These forms are found in abundance in Danny Williams’ lighting designs for the EPI, in particular in the use of strobe lights, which complements Warhol’s use of strobe cuts in the films he produced during this era.
Homay King is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College and Director of the Program in Film Studies. She is the author of “Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier” (Duke UP, 2010). She is currently working on a book about digital media and the virtual.
FREE & open to the public.
Please note that seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.