Ethan Spigland

Please join us on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for a discussion with Ethan Spigland, Professor in the Humanities and Media Studies Department at Pratt Institute on “Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle”, The Situationist’s Films and Meme Culture in 2020.

“The Society of the Spectacle” is a 1967 work of philosophy and critical theory by Guy Debord, in which the author develops and presents the concept of the “Spectacle.” The book is considered a seminal text for the Situationist movement and has generated much renewed interest in the wake of the recent American Presidential Election and the Covid-19 Pandemic .

Ethan Spigland is a Professor in the Humanities and Media Studies Department at Pratt Institute. He received an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a Maitrîse in Philosophy from the University of Paris VIII under the supervision of Gilles Deleuze and Jean-François Lyotard.

Ethan is also an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, visual artist, critic and curator. He has written and directed numerous films including the feature, The Archive, currently in postproduction. At present, he is working on a documentary about Lafcadio Hearn for Faliro House Productions (The Lobster, Listen Up Philip). His short film, The Strange Case of Balthazar Hyppolite, won the Gold Medal in the Student Academy Awards, and was shortlisted for an Oscar. He collaborated with Malcolm McLaren on several short films, and on the video installation, Shallow, which opened at the I-20 Gallery in New York and was featured in Art Basel. He writes regularly on film and media for The Brooklyn Rail, Film Comment, and many other publications. He is a contributor to the forthcoming book Reading With Jean-Luc Godard on Caboose Press, and was selected to be a fellow at the 53rd New York Film Festival Artist Academy.

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