Drilling through the ScreenSeptember 24, 2015
DRILLING THROUGH THE SCREEN: MODERN IMAGINARIES AND THE OIL INDUSTRY
International Conference, 1-2 October 2015
The history of cinema is inextricably embedded in 20th century’s hydrocarbon culture. In its dependence on fossil fuels and their photochemical derivatives, and thus on resources and technologies exploited by the first Industrial Revolution, cinema came to play a vital part in the production of industrial modernity. Celluloid, being composed of petroleum byproducts, offered experiences in the “form of captured, organized, and released light-heat-energy-movement” (Adrian J. Ivakhiv), forms that were closely linked to what Nadia Boziak has termed the “hydrocarbon imagination.” While recent eco-criticism has spurred an interest in dissecting both the conventional aesthetic forms such celluloid imaginations may take, and the dirty footprint they leave behind, the more direct relation of cinema to the history of petroleum extraction has remained largely uncharted. With the exception of a few pioneering studies, as those conducted by MonaDamluij orRudmer Canjels, the corollary of the relationship between moving images and petroleum has not been recognized. This conference invites to explore this relationship through the lens of sponsored film.