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Matthew Wilson Smith: The Nostalgia of Virtual Reality

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Digital Aesthetics: Critical Approaches to Computational Culture
Meeting Description: 

Matthew Wilson Smith will present new work, followed by a discussion. Please contact Jeff Nagy (jsnagy@stanford.edu) for the pre-circulated reading.

Matthew Wilson Smith is associate professor of German studies and theater and performance studies at Stanford University. His interests include modern theatre; modernism and media; and relations between technology, science, and the arts. His book The Nervous Stage: 19th-century Neuroscience and the Birth of Modern Theatre explores historical intersections between the performing arts and the neurological sciences and traces the construction of a “neural subject” over the course of the nineteenth century.  It was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  His previous book, The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace (Routledge, 2007), presents a history and theory of modern artistic synthesis, placing such diverse figures as Wagner, Moholy-Nagy, Brecht, Riefenstahl, Disney, Warhol, and contemporary cyber-artists within a genealogy of totalizing performance.

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