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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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Sunday, June 11
 

10:10

Opening SCSMI 20 years by Dr Murray Smith
Speakers
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Murray Smith

Professor of Film, University of Kent
President of SCSMI. Author of Engaging Characters, Film Theory and Philosophy, Trainspotting, Thinking through Cinema, and most recently Film, Art, and the Third Culture. Laurance S Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton Center for Human Values (2017-18).


Sunday June 11, 2017 10:10 - 10:20
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

11:30

The 100 years of Independent Finnish Cinema

100 years of Finnish Cinema

This year is the first centenary of Finnish independence. Finnish cinema is somewhat older, as small scale film production started already when Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. Alas, apart from a handful of fragments, that output has completely disappeared. But film exhibition become fairly regular at this time and continued almost uninterrupted throughout the vicissitudes of the independence struggle and even the turmoil of the civil war in the spring of 1918.

Throughout the 1920s film production grew but was able to thrive only with the support of film exhibition which relied to a great extent on foreign export, at first mainly Nordic and other European cinemas, later on increasingly on Hollywood output. Only in the era of sound film did two companies, Suomi Filmi and Suomen Filmiteollisuus grow strong enough to be able to be able to produce films with enough popular appeal so as to make the industry profitable for a couple of decades.

Just like in most parts of the world, the studio system more or less collapsed toward the end of 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. French and other New Waves provided inspiration particularly for radical young filmmakers, but for them to realize their visions a system of state subsidy had to be created. The Finnish Film Foundation started its operation in 1969. It made a good start aesthetically, but in the next decade it became blatantly obvious that so called Foundation Films were not attracting audiences. The operating principles of the foundation were fundamentally revised in the 1980s, leading eventually to a new rise of Finnish cinema. Due to the small size of the domestic audience, it is not self-supporting, but it does catch about one quarter of the Finnish audience.

The way Finnish cinema has always connected with trends and developments in other countries was thoroughly explored in a research project headed by Henry Bacon, titled A Transnational History of Finnish Cinema. This was probably the first time that the entire film history of a national cinema was explored from a transnational point of view. This entailed further developing methods for the analysis of the economical basis of film production on the one hand, and analysis of style on the other. In our presentation Outi Hupaniittu will tell about the methods she developed for extracting information from company records as well as the often scarce statistical information in order to throw light on the economic conditions of film production and cinema attendance. Jaakko Seppälä in turn will relate how he employed Cinemetrics in his analysis of the impact of foreign influences on the development of style within Finnish silent cinema.

We will thus provide a glimpse into the hundred years of surviving Finnish cinema from a fresh scholarly perspective, providing insight into the ways corpuses of cinema of different sizes can be examined in a rigorous but insightful fashion. 


Speakers
avatar for Henry Bacon

Henry Bacon

Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki
Henry Bacon is professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Helsinki (2004 – ). Previously he has worked as an assistant professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Oulu (1994-1999) and as a research fellow at the Finnish Film Archive (1999-2004... Read More →
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Jaakko Seppälä

University of Helsinki
Dr. Jaakko Seppälä is the chair of Finnish Society for Cinema Studies and a researcher at the School of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki. He is also a member of the editorial board of Lähikuva, a Finnish language journal on film and media studies. Seppälä’s... Read More →

Guest Speaker
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Outi Hupaniittu

Dr. Outi Hupaniittu, PhD, is cinema historian and archivist. She is the director at the Archives of Finnish Literature Society (SKS), which is the largest private archival institution in Finland with 185-year-old history, concentrating on archival collections of folklore & contemporary... Read More →



Sunday June 11, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

14:15

Neurocinematics - a follow-up
Speakers
avatar for Pia Tikka

Pia Tikka

Research Fellow, Aalto University
Dr. Pia Tikka, is Adjunct Professor of New Narrative Media and a professional filmmaker. Since 2003, in the field of new narrative media, she has led her research group of Enactive Cinema, and a founding member of the research project Enactive Media (2009-2011), Aalto University... Read More →


Sunday June 11, 2017 14:15 - 14:45
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

17:15

Discussion
Sunday June 11, 2017 17:15 - 17:45
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki
 
Monday, June 12
 

17:30

Stephen Hinde & Tim Smith: Experiment session - test volunteers wanted!
An experiment by Stephen Hinde and Tim Smith - volunteers wanted!



This is an SCSMi first - we propose to run a live psychology experiment here at the conference  for delegates who have an iPhone and 10 minutes to spare to watch a short film
and use an iPhone app. to allow us to watch how you watch the  film. The aim is to demo. how mobile apps. can be used to gather live psychological cinemetric data
and conduct psychology experiments in cinemas.

Please follow this link for more details of the adjunct experiments:
https://tinyurl.com/yaqupv9s

This approach and the app. and hopefully the results from this experiment  will be discussed in the session on Tuesday afternoon:
Experimental psychology in cinema using mobile technologies.
Author: Stephen J. HindeCollaborators/supervisors: Tim J. Smith, Birkbeck University, and Katrin Heimann, Interacting Minds Centre

https://scsmi2017helsinkia.sched.com/event/ACrO/sp-stephen-hinde-tim-smith-and-katrin-heimann-experimental-psychology-in-cinema-using-mobile-technologies


Speakers
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Dr Stephen J. Hinde

Post-doc Researcher, Bristol Vision Institute, University of Bristol
I am primarily a cognitive psychologist, with some poly-math tendencies, who is interested in the study of dynamic attention, immersion, and film. In a recently completed PhD entitled Attention With Movies, I explore how behavioural studies can help us to further our understanding... Read More →


Monday June 12, 2017 17:30 - 18:30
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki
 
Tuesday, June 13
 

09:30

SPECIAL FILM EVENT "Woman with an Editing Bench" by Dr. Karen Pearlman
Limited Capacity seats available

As a contribution to creative authorship in film, the role of the editor in composing a screen work is relatively unexplored.  Screen scholars recognise that extant theories of authorship privilege the work of the (usually male) director and efface the creative contributions of key women filmmakers. Woman with an Editing Bench draws on historical, cognitive and creative research into the processes of film editing to ask: can the understanding of editing as the work of a “distributed cognitive system” (Sutton, 2014) challenge romantic notions of the ‘auteur’ in film and reveal some of the other experts and forms of expertise that are crucial to creative filmmaking? 

Inspired by the biography and work of one of cinema’s most accomplished editors, Elizaveta Svilova (Man with A Movie Camera; 1929), Woman With An Editing Bench, synthesizes knowledge about filmmaking with research into history, creativity and cognition to create a positive portrait of a woman with agency and significant influence in extraordinary circumstances. This creative research output makes an argument that edits are not results of editors’ thinking, rather the edits are their thoughts.   It re-positions Svilova, an editor whose contributions have been effaced by individualistic conceptions of creativity, and creates an image of her work as an essential part of the distributed cognitive process of ideas generation. 

Woman with an Editing Bench (Pearlman, 2016) had its premiere at the CinefestOz Film Festival, one of Australia’s major competitive film festivals.   It won the national Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award for Best Short Fiction and the Australian Screen Editors Guild Award for Best Editing in a Short Film. Prints of Woman with an Editing Bench have been collected for preservation and research scholar use by major cinema archives globally including: the Vertov Archive (Vienna filmmuseum), the British Film Institute (London), UCLA Film Archive (LosAngeles), Anthology Film Archive (New York City), Cinteca Nationale (Rome), Cinematheque de la Danse/Cinematheque Française (Paris), Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and Yale University. Woman with an Editing Bench is distributed for use in educational contexts by Ronin Films (roninfilms.com.au) worldwide.


Speakers
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Karen Pearlman

lecturer, Macquarie University
Dr. Karen Pearlman is a lecturer at Macquarie University and the author of Cutting Rhythms, Intuitive Film Editing (Focal Press/Taylor & Francis, 2015). She is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company where she writes, directs and edits dancefilm, documentary and... Read More →


Tuesday June 13, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

18:15

A panel discussion on 2 newly published books (Plenary session) Location: Corona Bar Movie theatre
Corona Bar, Movie theater ground floor - small snack served at 18:00
Discussion starts at 18:15

This is a Double Book Panel, in which two recently published books will be discussed. The two books are Todd Berliner's Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema and Murray Smith's Film, Art and the Third Culture​: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film, both published by Oxford University Press this spring. Paisley Livingston and Jeff Smith are respondents, and Henry Bacon is panel chair.

More information about the books:

Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema by Todd Berliner offers the first comprehensive appraisal of Hollywood’s capacity to provide aesthetic pleasure to mass audiences. Grounded in film history and in the psychological and philosophical literature in aesthetics, Hollywood Aesthetic explains how Hollywood creates, for huge numbers of people, some of their most exhilarating experiences of art. 

In Film, Art and the Third Culture​: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film, Murray Smith explores the general strategies and principles necessary to build a 'third cultural' or naturalized approach to film and art - one that roots itself in an appreciation of scientific knowledge and method. Smith then goes on to focus on the role of emotion in film and the other arts, as an extended experiment in the 'third cultural' integration of ideas on emotion spanning the arts, humanities and sciences. While acknowledging that not all of the questions we ask are scientific in nature, Smith contends that we cannot disregard the insights wrought by taking a naturalized approach to the aesthetics of film and the other arts.

Moderators
avatar for Henry Bacon

Henry Bacon

Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki
Henry Bacon is professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Helsinki (2004 – ). Previously he has worked as an assistant professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Oulu (1994-1999) and as a research fellow at the Finnish Film Archive (1999-2004... Read More →

Speakers
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Todd Berliner

Professor of Film Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Keywords: Film aesthetics, style, and storytelling.Todd Berliner, Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, teaches film aesthetics, narration, and style and American film history. He is an SCSMI fellow and officer and the author of Hollywood Aesthetic... Read More →
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Jeff Smith

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeff Smith is the author of THE SOUNDS OF COMMERCE: MARKETING POPULAR FILM MUSIC and FILM CRITICISM, THE COLD WAR, AND THE BLACKLIST: READING HOLLYWOOD'S REDS. He is also a co-author, along with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, for the eleventh edition of FILM ART: AN INTRODU... Read More →
avatar for Murray Smith

Murray Smith

Professor of Film, University of Kent
President of SCSMI. Author of Engaging Characters, Film Theory and Philosophy, Trainspotting, Thinking through Cinema, and most recently Film, Art, and the Third Culture. Laurance S Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton Center for Human Values (2017-18).

Guest Speaker
avatar for Paisley Nathan Livingston

Paisley Nathan Livingston

Paisley Livingston is Chair Professor of Philosophy at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and visiting professor in philosophy at Uppsala University. His books include Art and Intention (OUP 2005) and Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman (OUP 2009). With Carl Plantinga he co-edited The Routledge... Read More →


Tuesday June 13, 2017 18:15 - 19:30
Corona Bar - Conference Club Eerikinkatu 11
 
Wednesday, June 14
 

11:30

SCSMI artist highlight by Synes Elischka: EgoCure VR 360° Cinema - how did we make it!
Filmmaker Synes Elischka will talk about making EgoCure, a cinematic VR experience with enactive elements > and how it relates to his PhD research exploring the liminal space between immersion and self awareness.

Watch the film at SCSMI
: reserve a private viewing slot (duration: 20min) at the registration desk. We have 4 viewing stations with VR Headsets open between 12:00 - 17:30 on Wednesday.

Speakers
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Synes Elischka

PhD Student, Aalto University, Department of Film
Synes Elischka is a filmmaker and video-artist with a profound interest in cognitive neuroscience, media philosophy and weird reality. Focusing on trans-media development, cinematic VR and brain-computer interfaces. Currently working on EGO CURE, a cinematic VR short film and his PhD... Read More →



Wednesday June 14, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

12:00

EGO CURE VR 360° film experience - try it out now! Starting at noon and until 5:30pm!
You will have the possibility to view EGO CURE a cinematic VR experience by Synes Elischka. 
You can book to a private viewing session (20 min) at the info desk on Wednesday morning.

Ego Cure, directed by Synes Elischka, is a narrative virtual reality short film unconventionally mixing together a new technical approach of stereoscopic 360 video, CGI animation and interaction between the viewer and the art piece (enactive cinema) –stretching the limits of filmmaking.

In this VR experience you, the viewer, are a part of the struggle of a contemporary dance choreographer to create a contemporary masterpiece – at odds with a handful of disinterested dancers, her unpleasant producer and the otherworldly curator – while at the same time facing her own inner demons. The movie is set in a world where the commodification of art has come to its technological conclusion: if an artist is unable or unwilling to provide a commissioned art piece, the investor has the right to extract it from their unconscious mind – using the EGO CURE device

“Having been part of a contemporary dance collective since 2009 (originally as a filmmaker/media-artist but pretty soon pushed to perform alongside professional dancers) a lot of the things happening in the script are based on my own experiences and observations. – Synes Elischka

Ego Cure is Aalto University ELO Film School co-production with Oblomovies.

The film is part of a research project to study the mechanics of virtual reality in filmmaking, creating tools for high quality Cinematic VR. The film utilizes the Enactive Avatar, a technology creating a living, reactive photorealistic CGI character based on a real-life person.

Director: Synes Elischka
Producer: Mikko Asikainen
Script: Synes Elischka & Tom Saxman

Watch a preview of the making of here.


Speakers
avatar for Synes Elischka

Synes Elischka

PhD Student, Aalto University, Department of Film
Synes Elischka is a filmmaker and video-artist with a profound interest in cognitive neuroscience, media philosophy and weird reality. Focusing on trans-media development, cinematic VR and brain-computer interfaces. Currently working on EGO CURE, a cinematic VR short film and his PhD... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Synes Elischka

Synes Elischka

PhD Student, Aalto University, Department of Film
Synes Elischka is a filmmaker and video-artist with a profound interest in cognitive neuroscience, media philosophy and weird reality. Focusing on trans-media development, cinematic VR and brain-computer interfaces. Currently working on EGO CURE, a cinematic VR short film and his PhD... Read More →



Wednesday June 14, 2017 12:00 - 17:30
Room 308 3rd floor