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gods of homer - A new film by senior Bodo Buetzler

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents a screening of a new film by Bodo Buetzler, a senior in the program, on April 25 and 26 at 8:00 p.m. and April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. A reception will be held on April 25 at 6:00 p.m. just prior to the start of the screening. The screening and reception are free and open to the public.

Buetzler’s non-narrative, conceptual film explores the concept of the analytic-synthetic distinction. 

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “‘analytic’ sentences, such as ‘Ophthalmologists are doctors,’ are those whose truth seems to be knowable by knowing the meanings of the constituent words alone, unlike the more usual ‘synthetic’ ones, such as ‘Ophthalmologists are ill-humored,’ whose truth is knowable by both knowing the meaning of the words and something about the world.”  

In addition to pursuing a degree in philosophy, Buetzler is completing a certificate in visual arts with a focus on film.

“Cinema inevitably has to deal with the analytic-synthetic distinction,” states Buetzler. “Looking at the content of a shot, for instance, will prompt one to examine the content for its synthetic components.  The act of cutting, meanwhile, which violently forces fragments against each other, generates the space for the projection of meaning.”

By intercutting two sequences varying in their temporal structure, Buetzler explores the psychological spaces between six protagonists and calls attention to the problematic way in which the avant-garde film tends to split apart analyticity and syntheticity.

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Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 25
6:00 PM prior to the screening

April 25 - 26 at 8:00 PM

April 30 at 4:30 PM

James M. Stewart '32 Theater
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




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