Visiting Faculty Vito Adriaensens Publishes Landmark Book

BY Ijaaz Noohu, October 11, 2017

Adjunct Film Faculty member, Dr. Vito Adriaensens recently co-authored a new book, Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema, which is out now and available on Amazon.


Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema is the first book to focus on the relationship between sculpture and the silver screen. It covers a broad range of magical, mystical and phenomenological interactions between the two media, from early film’s eroticized tableaux vivants to enigmatic sculptures in modernist cinema. Sculptures are literally brought to life on the silver screen, while living people are turned into, or trapped inside, statuary. The book examines key sculptural motifs and cinematic sculpture in film history through a series of case studies and through an extensive reference gallery of 150 different films. Considering the work of directors like Georges Méliès, Jean Cocteau and Alain Resnais, this is an innovative exploration of two different media, their artistic traditions and their respective theoretical paradigms.

Dr. Vito Adriaensens is currently a visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia with a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Project and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). He holds a PhD in Theatre Studies and Intermediality from the University of Antwerp and has taught at the VU University in Amsterdam, and the School of Arts, University College in Ghent. He previously hosted the “Silent Matinee” - a public cinema history series that explored the history of the early cinema through a five-part screening which ran from January 26th - April 6th. His research focuses on the interaction between film, theatre and fine arts, and he has published and presented widely on silent cinema and aesthetics. He is currently treasurer of Domitor, the international society for the study of early cinema.