Paula Amad

Paula Amad is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday and Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète (Columbia University Press, 2010) and is currently completing a book on the cinematic affinities of modern aerial vision.

 

Contributions

“The World’s Heavy Gaze”: Cin-aereality in the Postwar Avant-Gardes

Fernand Léger’s curious throw-away line linking cinema and aviation appears in an essay he wrote in 1931 titled “Speaking of Cinema” (“A Propos du cinéma”), one of only a few short pieces that the artist, arguably the modernist painter most obsessed with the cinema, devoted entirely to film.