21 Sep 16

Mary Ann Doane is Class of 1937 Professor of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley.At the Academy, Doane was completing a book on the use of the close-up in film practice and theory, and the ways in which screen size and its corresponding scale have figured in the negotiation of the human body’s relation to space in modernity. Here she addresses the extraordinary proliferation of screen sizes in contemporary media culture, ranging from smart phones and tablets to television screens and IMAX. Scale, she argues, is a crucial issue due to its repercussions for the spectator’s orientation in and navigation of space. Doane was an Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the Academy in fall 2016.