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Scholars@Hallwalls: Laura Chiesa, “Expanding Fields, Entangling Forests, and Some Cosmic Tales”

April 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us as we return to in-person talks in the cinema space at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center!

This talk explores the concept of “expanded” elaborated by Gene Youngblood and Rosalind Krauss to argue that expanding spatial dimensions move into extreme spaces and their entanglements to critically make us sense slices of a time period in which we are immersed. This study crosses boundaries and expands into new fields, offering a trajectory situated in between future anterior and anticipation; by pushing beyond scholarship that explores expanded film to examine new forms (expanded literature, expanded music) that generate a movement toward uncharted, speculative territories, it reveals the potential of bursting set codes and limits.

This event will be simultaneously live-streamed. The video stream can be viewed at:

About Laura Chiesa, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Laura is author of Space as Storyteller: Spatial Jumps in Architecture, Critical Theory, and Literature (2016) as well as articles and chapters on the French and Italian avant-gardes and neo-avant-gardes and on critical theory and the interarts. Her current book project is devoted to literature, cinema, and visual arts from the 1960s to today. The project takes its cue from Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point and arrives in the end at artist Grazia Toderi’s stereoscopic video art. The project weaves together fictions and subjective visions entangled with broader concerns, from climate change to political and societal urgencies.


April 1
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Humanities Institute


Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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