Film scholar and experimental filmmaker d.n. rodowick presents his latest work, Plato’s Phaedrus, the second part of a new series that Rodowick calls “philosopher walks” or peripatetikos, after the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece. Shot in Athens a few days before the 2015 referendum on a European Union economic bailout, the film explores formal processes of digital capture in response to sites associated with walking and thinking in the history of philosophy, drawing freely on Plato’s dialogue and reweaving threads of his “mythologies” as voiced by Socrates into a new conceptual structure.
(d.n. rodowick, USA, 2015, 68 min., digital video)
Known primarily for his work in philosophy and the visual arts, d.n. rodowick is also an accomplished experimental filmmaker, video artist, and curator. With Victor Burgin, he was recently awarded a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, University of Chicago, to produce new video work. His most recent book, What Philosophy Wants from Images, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017. He is the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the College at the University of Chicago.