Global Humanities Junior Fellow at Freie Universitaet Berlin
October 2015 - February 2016
Examining the Outset of Aesthetic Considerations Towards Early Cinema
Alo Paistik’s research project investigates the conditions of the emergence and the nature of aesthetic considerations of early film spectators toward cinematographic phenomena at the turn of the 20th century. Through studying textual and visual traces the cinemagoers left of their experiences the project examines the interrelationship between the perceptually complex nature of the cinematographic dispositive and the initial cognitive and cultural aptitude of the spectator to model and conceptualize that dispositive.
Alo Paistik is currently pursuing his PhD at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, where he previously received a Master’s degree in aesthetics and art theory. His research interests lie broadly in the historical and cultural dimensions of the conceptualization of perceptual and experiential phenomena, in the ways that the resulting conceptual models impinge on subject’s subsequent engagement with diverse perceptual or experiential phenomena, and in the ways these models are shared between generations and cultures.