‘Cultures of Spectacle’ Research Seminar: FROM MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY TO SPECTACLE GENEALOGY (prof. Erkki Huhtamo)

Prof. Erkki Huhtamo, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

On Friday February 17, 2017, the Scientific Research Community ‘Cultures of Spectacle’ invites Prof. Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA) for a research seminar. ‘Cultures of Spectacle’ is an interdisciplinary platform for historical research on film, theatre, dance and musical performance funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and coordinated by the Institute for Media Studies (KU Leuven). The seminar is introduced by Prof. Kurt Vanhoutte (University of Antwerp).


In search of a genealogy of ‘the spectacle’ Erkki Huhtamo will present his expertise on the subject from a media-archeological point of view. His particular focus is on recurring ‘topoi’ or conditions throughout history that perpetually reframe the new experiences they produce. Materiality plays a big part in Huhtamo’s approach, as he is currently working on a book providing a methodological ground for media-archeology. This way media-archeology can serve insights into the changing interplay between tangible materialities of spectacle culture and its formative theories.


Erkki Huhtamo works as a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. He is an internationally renowned media historian and theorist, and also a specialist in the history and aesthetics of media arts. He is one of the founders of an emerging approach to media studies known as media archaeology. Huhtamo has published extensively, lectured worldwide and given multimedia stage performances using both modern and original 19th-century media technology such as magic lanterns. His most recent books are ‘Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications’ (ed. with Jussi Parikka, University of California Press, 2011) and ‘Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles’ (The MIT Press, 2013). Huhtamo is also a collector, giving performances with authentic devices like the magic lantern and curating multiple exhibitions on spectacle culture within modernity as well as the present time. More information can be found on his website (http://www.erkkihuhtamo.com) or in a recent interview on foucaultblog (http://www.fsw.uzh.ch/foucaultblog/featured/158/from-media-archaeology-to-media-genealogy-an-interview-with-erkki-huhtamo)


The seminar will be held on Friday February 17, from 13.30 to 16.30 in the small screening room of Cinema Zed (A.Vesaliusstraat 9C). This is at walking distance from the city’s railway station. 


Entrance is free, but registration (before Friday February 10) is mandatory. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/icWZWIiksPoQF8f43 (before February 10).



For additional information: please contact prof. Roel Vande Winkel (roel.vandewinkel@kuleuven.be)


02/17/2017 - 13:30 to 16:30
Roel Vande Winkel Leen Engelen Kurt Vanhoutte (UA)
Vesaliusstraat 9C, 3000 Leuven
Contact information: 
roel.vandewinkel@kuleuven.be leen.engelen@kuleuven.be
Target group: 
Researchers, PhD students