Turning a film in the Time of COVID 19: Self-Isolation Dinner, 2020

Track:
MEDIATIONS OF SENSATION I
What:
Talk
When:
16:00, Friday 7 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Discussion:
1

Tereza Stehlikova and David Sutton, University of Westminster, UK and University of Southern Illinois, USA

As David Howes writes in his contribution to the Sensory Orders exhibition catalogue (curated by Chris Salter): “Sensory anthropology fleshes out the concept of the “sensory order” through analyzing how the senses are valued and combined differently in different societies. Some societies value feeling over seeing, or use hallucinogens to fuse the senses, instead of keeping them separate. The challenge of charting the varieties of sensory experience across and within culture has become particularly acute since the arrival of the “sensor society”: sensation has been reduced to “information” and Artificial Intelligence (AI)) has supplanted sentience. The onslaught of the novel coronavirus has upped the ante again, by obliterating our capacity to taste and smell. Digitization in conjunction with the virus has resulted in the virtualization of life itself. Yet, in her video Self-Isolation Dinner, filmmaker Tereza Stehlikova shows how the senses of being together might be (re)animated.” This presentation features a screening of Stehlikova’s short film. The film will be commented on by David Sutton (author of Remembrance of Repasts: An Anthropology of Food and Memory, and other works in the emergent field of sensory food studies), and Stehlikova will respond.

Presenter
Southern Illinois University
Presenter
University of Westminster