A talk by WEIHONG BAO (Columbia University)
Chinese architectural discourses and cinematic reflections in the mid-1930s evolved around a “culture of glass,” closely affiliated with international modernist architecture and a commodity culture of display. Professor Bao will explain how architectural and cinematic discourses, produced in their particular semi-colonial settings, competed with each other with claims of transparency in order to transform perception, dwelling, and sociality. Her particular interest lies in how Chinese left-wing filmmakers sought a new aesthetic of image and sound—seeking a third space between the forces of Hollywood and Soviet cinema at the advent of sound cinema.
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Weihong Bao is Assistant Professor of Chinese film and media culture at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at
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