100 YEARS OF MAKING THINGS STRANGE: A CENTENNIAL OF VIKTOR SHKLOVSKY'S OSTRANENIE. Sept. 30, B126, HW. Guest lectures "Ostranenie and the Human Mind" by Alexandra Berlina (University of Erfurt, Germany) and "The Twists and Turns of Estrangement" by Basil Lvoff (Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center). Panel discussion moderated by Irina Denischenko and Bradley Gorsky (Columbia University). The concept of ostranenie ("estrangement," or "alientation") was coined by the founding father of Russian Formalism Viktor Shklovsky in 1916. It was born to become a radical herald of novelty and a foe of clichéd perception. But is it as powerful a century later? Does it still affect our lives, and will it affect our future? Who is the author of ostranenie - the writer, our own perception, or history?
Video by Olga Lvoff