The graduate program in Moving Image Studies at GSU presents “Rendering (the) Visible” III: Liquidity,” February 8-10, 2018. Conference panels, film and dance performances, and keynote lecture will explore the concept of liquidity as an innovative critical approach to the image’s relation to space, sensoriality, and digitality, as well as an aesthetic sensibility attuned to the political ontology of motion, form, matter, and noise.

Over the past several years, liquid blackness has been exploring some of the implications of these ideas, specifically in relation to race. “Rendering (the) Visible III: Liquidity” connects this concept more broadly with an increasing turn within the study of moving image culture toward affective relations, plasticity, resonances and flows, whereby images and sounds—no longer grounded in an analogical relation to the real—are seen variously as malleable, untethered, “viral,” or fluid.

The conference opens Thursday evening with a screening of 3-D video work by Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser (OpenEndedGroup). Friday evening features a dance performance by Storyboard P, followed by a discussion with the dancer and Dr. Thomas DeFrantz (Dance; Theatre; and African American Studies, Duke University) in the Five Points MARTA station downtown to be followed by a reception at CMII hosted by liquid blackness for conference attendees and their guests. Saturday evening, Dr. Grant Farred (Africana Studies Research Center, Cornell University) presents the keynote lecture, followed by a closing reception.

The dance performance Friday is presented in conjunction with the Atlanta Mobile Music project. Performers will dance to the music of Atlanta’s commute, accompanied by a Spotify soundtrack of commuters’ music preferences, collected from actual MARTA riders in the months leading up to the event. This community outreach effort encourages commuters to engage with their fellow citizens through their shared love of music. Mobile devices can insulate us from each other by offering an escape to a private virtual world, but we hope that this playlist and performance will figuratively pop the “audio bubbles” that separate people from their fellow commuters.

The full conference schedule is accessible here.