Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion


9 October 2014

Location: Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt

A night about science-fiction with a focus on the festival theme: Soft Machines.

The visualization of the Cyborg in cinema. Using excerpts from well and lesser known films film critics George van Hal and Anneke Smelik will take you on a trip through the history of science-fiction film and they will touch upon questions such as: How do Cyborgs deal with affect and emotion, how much science is there in science-fiction, and which filmmakers managed to give the most accurate prospects of the development of artificial empathy?

About Anneke Smelik:

Anneke Smelik is professor of Visual Culture at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). She is coordinator of the MA programme ‘Creative Industries’. She (co-) edited From Delft Blue to Denim Blue, Contemporary Dutch Fashion (forthcoming 2015); Thinking Through Fashion. A Guide to Key Theorists (forthcoming 2015); Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture; The Scientific Imaginary in Visual Culture; Technologies of Memory in the Arts; and Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology. She is author of several books in Dutch on issues of visual culture, including a book on cyborgs in popular culture. Anneke Smelik is project leader of the research programme “Crafting Wearables; Fashionable Technology” (2013-2018), funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

About George van Hal:

George van Hal is science journalist and editor with the Dutch edition of the renowned popular scientific magazine New Scientist. Furthermore he blogs about the exciting science behind films at his blog Next to that he organizes the annual Science & Cinema- program of the Leiden International Film Festival, where scientists and science journalists provide fun, interesting introductions to films.

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