On Friday 3 May 2013, Francesco Casetti gave a lecture titled ‘Hypertopia’ at Central Saint Martins in London, following an introduction by Mark Lewis. Casetti explored the ways in which the experience of cinema is always the experience of a place and discussed the contemporary condition of the moving image, its re-emergence architecturally and topographically, and its changing viewing conditions in the cinema and elsewhere.
Francesco Casetti is Professor of Film Studies at Yale University, and has written extensively on the semiotics of film and film theory (Theories of Cinema: 1945–1995, 1999). He is currently studying the reconfiguration of cinema in a post-medium epoch, comparing this shift with the rise of cinema at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Mark Lewis is an artist, co-editorial director of Afterall and Professor of Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
This lecture was the first public event of The City and its Moving Images, a research project and series of talks exploring the impact of the moving image on the cultural life of the modern city. The project is a collaboration between Afterall and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, both in London.