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Cultural Studies Colloquium: Hanna Shell

Technologies of Concealment: Science, Art, and the Media of Camouflage
When May 03, 2012
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where 3201 Hart Hall
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"Technologies of Concealment: Science, Art, and the Media of Camouflage" traces the evolution of camouflage as it developed in counterpoint to technological advances in photography, innovations in warfare, and as-yet-unsolved mysteries of natural history, with a focus on the period between the publication of Origin of Species and the close of World War Two. Today camouflage is commonly thought of as a textile pattern of interlocking greens and browns. But this talk reveals camouflage to be far more -- a set of institutional structures, scientific epistemologies and mixed-media art practices that emerged over the course of the twentieth century.

Hanna Rose Shell is the Leo Marx Career Development Chair, Asst. Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at MIT, also a faculty affiliate of the Comparative Media Studies program. She is the author of the just-released Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance (New York: Zone Books, 2012). A filmmaker as well as a historian of science and technology, she is the director of Locomotion in Water [2005-11], Secondhand (Pepe) [2007], and, most recently, Blind [2011], a cinematic and multi-media complement to the book, Hide and Seek.

The event is sponsored by Cultural Studies and co-sponsored by: American Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Cinema and Technocultural Studies; and the DHI Research Clusters on Militarization, Environmental Humanities, and Technoscience, Arts, and Culture.

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