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Film & Synesthesia


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Join us for a special collaboration between the Edinburgh Food Studio, a lecturer in film and a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh on the 26, 27, 28 April. "Film & Synesthesia" promises to be a bright and effervescent evening of cinema and food.

The taste, the aroma, the sound, the size, the temperature, the spices (trigeminal senses), and all its other characteristics combine in our brains to create one harmonious 'picture' of what is happening. This can be considered a form of synesthesia, that is 'the mingling of the senses'.

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Food offers us myriad opportunities to explore how we build our realities, built on the sensory information we receive. Food offers us a unique insight into the how our senses work. When you enjoy a tasty morsel, your senses combine to give a single perception, that is, the tasty mouthful in all its multisensory glory.

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There are corresponding theories of how we enjoy cinema. Far from being restricted as we might be led to believe by only sound and vision, infact much of the impact of cinema results from the many ways of communicating other sensory elements to augment our experience of the sound and light.

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Dr. Malgorzata Bugaj is a lecturer in film and media at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning. She has taught courses on European cinema, film theory, avant-garde film and cinema and senses. A large part of her research revolves around the notion of synaesthesia in cinema. She is also a film curator and co-founder of Edinburgh pop-up cinema collective, KinoKlub, showcasing surreal and experimental film in unusual places and often in an immersive setting.

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A recent, exciting development in film studies, the audio-visual essay allows academics and critics to express critical ideas by re-editing and re-mixing images and sounds from the films themselves. 

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Dr. Pasquale Iannone is Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His specialisms include European cinema (British, French and Italian in particular), videographic film criticism as well as film sound and music. Pasquale is also an experienced critic and broadcaster, regularly contributing reviews and features to Sight & Sound and various BBC radio programmes. Pasquale’s film curation includes several seasons at Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre and he has collaborated on events with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI Southbank, Southbank Centre, The Barbican and the Institute of Contemporary Arts amongst others.

Our third collaborator is Dr David Sorfa, a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Programme Director of the MSc in Film Studies. He was previously Head of Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and is editor-in-chief of the journal Film-Philosophy.

He has written on a broad range of film related subjects. He has particular interests in film-philosophy, phenomenology, the work of Jacques Derrida and film adaptation. He thinks that Derrida is the new Deleuze.

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To experience the event "Film & Synesthesia" with us on 26, 27, 28 April hit the button below. Dinner starts at 8pm, and guests are welcome from 7:30pm onwards. The set menu costs £50, and an optional drinks pairing menu will be available for £35. To avoid disappointment, please book in advance and let us know of your dietary requirements.

Earlier Event: April 19
Chilean Bistronomy
Later Event: May 3
NUR