"Mixed Feelings: Film Music and Modernity in the History of Emotions"

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Dienstag, 14.6. von 18:00 bis 20:00

Hauptgebäude, Bauteil V/Arthouse-Kino
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Wien
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Vortragende*r: Berthold Hoeckner

In this lecture Berthold Hoeckner will sketch the anatomy of bittersweet music and its effects, based on ongoing empirical research at the intersection of music and social psychology.
Amid the burgeoning opportunities of modern life, choices are often assessed in hindsight with mixed feelings. Modifying the tragic “too-late” trope of melodrama (as in La Traviata), movies sometimes deploy bittersweet songs or musical underscoring to express how characters mitigate their retrospective regret by alleviating loss with solace, guilt with atonement, or sacrifice with redemption. Using examples such as from the Damien Chazelle’s romantic comedy-drama-musical La La Land Hoecker will show how bittersweet music became both a symptom of and remedy for one of modernity’s most vexing predicaments: the counterfactual
fantasy. Its mixed emotions not only underwrite the persistent premise of melodrama as providing public access to “the unprotectedness of one's feelings” (Thomas Elsaesser), but also lend a voice to the “cruel optimism” (Lauren Berlant) of imagining unattainable outcomes.

Der Vortrag wird auf Deutsch gehalten.

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Zeit & Ort der Veranstaltung

14.06. von 18:00 bis 20:00
Hauptgebäude, Bauteil V/Arthouse-Kino
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Wien
zum Lageplan in MDWonline