POSTPONED - Will be rescheduled in 2020

Why Paintings Matter: Filming Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow (1565)​

Presented by Dr Andrea Bubenik

Date: Friday 25 October, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 

Abstract:

Hunters in the Snow (1565) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is usually treated in art history as a traditional depiction of one of the ‘labours of the month’, well suited to its original context and contemporary taste. This seemingly quaint painting has experienced an intensive afterlife – replicated so often that we are almost numb to it, and featured on countless Christmas cards. What has thus far gone unremarked is the peculiar and intensive reception of the painting in film, and (I will argue) its resulting importance to ecocriticism. In Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972), Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011), and Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames (2017), Bruegel’s painting has played pivotal roles: from acting as a mnemonic trigger and catalyst for levitation, to being obliterated and treated with violence, to an animation of its microscopic inhabitants as a narrative device. These contrasting interpretations raise the same question: what exactly do we see when a painting is filmed; how do we experience the painting differently? A clue seems to reside in the potentials of film and paint to enact different textures of time, or what George Kubler called “the interchronic pause”, the moment when seemingly nothing is happening. As Kubler would have it, these instants of actuality are “all we can ever know directly”. The pauses in these films, dictated by Bruegel’s painting, merit attention for the critical thinking they enable. Moreover (as I will argue in this paper) these films lend an urgent and timely ecocritical edge to Hunters in the Snow, in defiance of its usual early modern periodization and the useless classification of ‘western masterpiece’.

Presenter:

Andrea Bubenik is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Queensland, Australia. In her research and teaching she focuses on Renaissance and Baroque art, and the afterlives and migrations of images. Her books include Reframing Albrecht Dürer (2013), Perspectives on Wenceslaus Hollar (co-edited with Anne Thackray, 2018) and The Persistence of Melancholia (editor, 2019). She was the curator of the exhibitions Five Centuries of Melancholia (2014) and Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond (2017), both held at the University of Queensland Art Museum.

 

Image credit: Hunters in the Snow (1565) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 2, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 26 July
3-4pm

School Forum

 

Friday, 2 August
3-4pm

Who Owns Your Face? Personal Identity Rights in the Era of Augmented Reality and Facial Recognition Technology

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Gordon Finlayson

Friday, 16 August
3-5 pm
 

3:00pm-4:00pm (Panel)

4:00pm- onwards (CAPS launch event)

CommArts Postgraduate Society Panel: “How to Write a Journal Article and Target the Right Journals”

CommArts Postgraduate Society Launch/ new HDR student welcome

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Angela Hannan (SCA Librarian)

Dr Elena Danilova (Scholarly Publishing, Library)

Dr Ted Nannicelli (Editor, Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind)

Associate Professor Kelly Fielding (Communication scholar)

Dr Jennifer Clement (Literary Studies scholar)

Associate Professor Pradip Thomas (Communications, Media and Cultural Studies scholar)
Friday, 23 August
3-5 pm

All in One Quire: Emotional Communities in John Donne's Easter Sermons

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Jennifer Clement

Friday, 6 September
3-4pm

Examining intergenerational cultural transmission in refugee families: A study of Congolese, Burmese, and Ethiopian refugee families resettled in Australia

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Aparna Hebbani and Mairead MacKinnon

Friday, 13 September
3-4pm

CANCELLED

AustLit and BlackWords—Platforms for Storying Research

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Kerry Kilner and The AustLit Team

Friday, 27 September
3-4pm

Centre for Critical and Creative Writing Hosted Roundtable: The State of Australian Arts Criticism

The Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio

 

Dr Stephen Carleton with panellists Miriam Cosic, Alison Croggon, Carissa Lee and Kathryn Kelly
Friday, 4 October
3-4pm

Enacting a Sense of Home Among Older Chinese Migrants in Australia

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

A/Prof Shuang Liu
Friday, 11 October
3-4pm

Selfies, Affordances, and Situational Properties

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Katrin Tiidenberg, Tallinn University

Friday, 18 October
3-4pm

To Not Die of History

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Cherry Smyth

Friday, 25 October
3-4pm

POSTPONED UNTIL 2020 - TBA

Why Paintings Matter: Filming Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow (1565)

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Andrea Bubenik

 

Venue

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)