[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Prof. Isabel Kenny

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Mon Feb 18 09:22:56 PHT 2013

Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural
studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University features
a lecture by Prof. Isabel E. Kenny. The event-part of the Kritika Kultura
Lecture Series-is entitled "Visual Literacy: How to Read a Film," and will
be on Feb. 20, 2013, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Social Science Conference Case Study
Room in Ateneo de Manila University.

Kenny's abstract reads: "The International Visual Literacy Association
(IVLA) includes the following terms under visual literacy:  visual
learning, visual education, visual awareness, visual understanding, visual
creativity, visual analysis, visual evaluation, visual message encoding and
visual message decoding. The lecture begins with a brief outline of the
tools of visual literacy (i.e., dot, line, shape, tone, color, texture,
scale and proportion, direction, dimension, movement), their conventions
and associated meanings and how, for instance, an angle of approach or shot
size can affect an image's meaning. The power of images to communicate,
persuade and bring about change has long been recognized by artists and
political leaders such as Alexander the Great, who was cognizant of how a
carefully crafted image can affect public perception.  Rolando Tolentino
noted in his Kritika Kultura lecture entitled "Marcos, Brocka, Bernal, City
Films and the Contestation for Imagery of Nation" that the Marcoses, in
their "reconsolidation of power" after the declaration of martial law "to
recreate a national legacy," embarked on a campaign which "proliferated
their images [some mythologized in portraits which borrowed representations
from popular folktales] alongside a robust imagery-building of a modern yet
traditionally anchored nation." To gain and maintain power, the Nazis
employed images in films such as *Triumph of the Will* (1935) and
*Olympia* (1938), still studied for their visual impact in film  
schools.  The primary focus of our discussion is an analysis of Lino  
Brocka?s film *Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag* (1975): how he employs  
the visual tools and techniques to tell the story cinematically as we  
examine, extract meaning from and interpret
the film's social, cultural, aesthetic and perceptual codes."

Kenny is a filmmaker and an adjunct professor in the Department of
Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University. She has also taught at
Boston and Emerson Colleges in Massachusetts, Loyola University of New
Orleans and Montclair State University in New Jersey. She was a guest
filmmaker-lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, New York
University, University of Washington in Seattle, Old Dominion University in
Virginia and the Library of Congress Asian Division in Washington, D.C. She
was a television producer-director-writer and on-air talent and later an
independent producer for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the U.S.
and corporate executive director of programming and advertising for a cable
company in the Greater Boston area.

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