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April 4, 2013

Tourism in the 4th Dimension: Parallel Realities and Time Loops in Cinema

The concept of time travel has been a staple in literary Science Fiction since H.G. Wells, and naturally this interest has carried over to cinema. For this lecture, different theories of time travel will be presented and we will discuss two seminal papers on time travel – namely, David Lewis’ The Paradoxes of Time Travel and Theodore Sider’s Time Travel, Coincidences and Counterfactuals. Using these theories of time travel, we will analyze its use in films like Back to The Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis), 12 Monkeys (1995, Terry Gilliam), Donnie Darko (2001, Richard Kelly), Primer (2004, Shane Carruth), La Jetée (1962, Chris Marker) and, most recently, Looper (2012, Rian Johnson). In addition, we will discuss film and photography as a metaphor for time travel.

April 4, 2013 at 8pm


Instructor: Clint Enns

Clint Enns is a video artist and filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose work primarily deals with moving images created with broken and/or outdated technologies. His work has shown both nationally and internationally at festivals, alternative spaces and mircocinemas. He has recently completed a Master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Manitoba, and is currently continuing his graduate studies in cinema and media at York University. His writings and interviews have appeared in Millennium Film Journal, Incite! Journal of Experimental Media and Spectacular Optical.