CCRI Seminar Series – ‘The Antonioni House’ with Peter Spence (ADMRC)

Composite image of Peter Spence; the Art, Design & Media Research Centre (ADMRC) logo; image of The Antonioni House, courtesy of Peter Spence

CCRI Seminar Series

Please join us on Wednesday 21 June between 1300-1400 for our next CCRI-wide seminar as part of the Culture & Creativity Research Institute Seminar Series, where we will be hearing from the Art, Design & Media Research Centre’s Peter Spence.

Image of The Antonioni House copyright Diana Lanciotti, courtesy of Peter Spence

Image of La Cupola copyright Diana Lanciotti

The Antonioni House

This presentation will discuss a research journey that began with a visit to a now dilapidated villa, La Cupola, once belonging to the film-maker Michelangelo Antonioni, for the purpose of photographing its exterior in order to produce a video essay exploring notions of place and dwelling.

In the first instance the largely ocularcentric research method had been guided by the image of the villa: the online images of its exterior became superseded by the real image of La Cupola on arrival at the site, which ultimately became represented in the video essay output by the researcher’s own photographed images.

However, subsequent visits to the villa provided an unexpected opportunity to enter inside at which point the research took a new direction in a process of re-interpretation. Largely untouched since Antonioni’s death in 2007 and retaining original 1960’s furniture, the encounter with the interior proved transformative as the researcher experienced a new and unexpected understanding of the space.

With the inclusion of a brief video clip which captures the moment of entry into the villa, and reference to the work of Finnish architectural theorist Juhani Pallasmaa, this presentation will explore the process of re-visioning and re-interpreting in creative practice research.

Image of The Antonioni House, courtesy of Peter Spence

Image of La Cupola, courtesy of Peter Spence

CCRI Seminar Series – The Antonioni House with Peter Spence (ADMRC)
Wednesday 21 June, 1300-1400
Held in-person at Owen 123 (The Void Cinema)
If you’d like to come along please contact ! RIS Culture & Creativity RI Enquiries.

All images courtesy of Peter Spence.

Image of Peter Spence

Peter Spence

Peter Spence teaches film theory on the BA Film and TV Production and MA Filmmaking courses at Sheffield Hallam University. He holds an MA Screen Arts (Sheffield Hallam) and BA (Hons) Politics and History (Queen Mary, University of London) and is currently studying for his PhD. His film and written research outputs have been presented at international conferences and published by peer review.

Peter is also an award-winning film-maker whose work has screened widely on the international festival circuit including Toronto WWSFF, Hamburg, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sydney, Edinburgh, Cambridge and the London Short Film Festival. His work has received funding and support from the UK Film Council, the British Council, the David Lean Foundation and Screen Yorkshire.


About the CCRI Seminar Series

We are currently relaunching our successful seminar series, continuing the regular insights into our researchers and the research we do in the Culture & Creativity Research Institute we explored with our previous C3RI Seminar Series.

If you are interested in giving your own seminar about your research or would like to volunteer to hold a seminar session more geared towards staff development, please let us know at ! RIS Culture & Creativity RI Enquiries. You can find out about future seminars on the CCRI Impact Blog pages for 2022-2023.

It is our aim to record our research seminars and we will make recordings available shortly afterwards on the staff intranet, in order to create an archive of our speakers and seminars.