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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 • 10:30 - 11:00
SP Jelena Rosic and Olli Aho. Montage as a narrative landscape of affordances

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In this talk we are interested in what ways the theory of affordances could enrich our understanding of the skillful technique of editing in creating narratives/meaning in film. Affordance theory comes from James J. Gibson’s work where Gibson (Gibson 1979) argued in favor of direct perception: we pick up information from the environment in relation to our own possible actions, i.e. the environment offers us action possibilities. Editing technique on the other hand shows skillful actions in creating meanings. What we are suggesting is to describe the way affordances create or motivates narratives for the audience. We especially focus on the notion of social affordances: i.e. we understand the actions of others in relation to how we can interact with them. Following J. J. Gibson’s view, we take affordances in broad terms and situate them with a notion of “a rich landscape of affordances”, a conceptual framework in which affordances are not limited to motor skills but considered in terms of rich and varied abilities in sociocultural practices (Kiverstein & Rietveld 2014).


Olli Aho

University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Olli Aho is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interests deal with the role of our sensorimotor abilities in perception and interaction with others, especially in discussions between phenomenology and simulation theory.
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Jelena Rosic

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Jelena Rosic is a film editor and doctoral candidate in New Media at Aalto Arts in Helsinki. She has been working with research groups NeuroCine and Crucible Studio on her thesis “Enactive Storytelling”. In her research she draws from embodied mind approach, enactive cognitiv... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
A-305 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

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