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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14 • 09:30 - 10:30
LP Torben Grodal. Aesthetics and emotions in animated films

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The talk first discusses basic techniques of visual aesthetics, abstraction, exaggeration, and complexity reduction. It then uses these techniques to analyze facial expressions, gaze direction, and body language in animated films, their emotional effects and how these expressions are afforded by brain structures in somato-sensory cortex and the tempero-parietal junction. It discusses how and why animated films are ultra-social but also have elements pertinent to animal survival mechanisms of hiding, tracking, trapping, observing, fighting and fleeing. Finally it briefly mentions the role of violation of ontological categories and the role of metaphor in cartoons.


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Torben Grodal

professor emeritus, university of copenhagen
In addition to having written books and articles on literature Torben Grodal has authored Moving Pictures. A new Theory of Genre, Feelings, and Emotions, Oxford UP 1997, Embodied Visions: Evolution, Emotion, Culture and Film Oxford UP 2009; an advanced introduction to film theory... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 09:30 - 10:30 EEST
A-306 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki