The Piggies and the Market: Hollywood’s Global Accounting

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 20142:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series


In the aftermath of the economic collapse of 2008, postrecession U.S. culture has been saturated by mathematical forecasting and data visualization. Reasserting its metacultural prominence, cinema theorizes that saturation in light of its own challenging political economy. At the blockbuster scale, Pacific Rim takes its place in a sustained allegorical investigation of the emerging Chinese marketplace. At the indie scale, Upstream Color literalizes the problems of thinking economically. Between them we find Contagion, and Thomas Piketty, Nate Silver, and Rick Santelli. To prepare for this lecture, it would be recommended to watch the following films: Upstream Color, Pacific Rim, or Contagion.

J.D. Connor teaches media studies and art history at Yale. He received his Ph.D. from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins. His book The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood 1970–2010 will be published by Stanford University Press next year. He is currently completing Hollywood Math and Aftermath. He is also in the midst of a history of tape recording and transcription called “Archives of the Ambient.” A portion of that project, on Glenn Gould, was published in nonsite. He is also a member of the steering committee of Post45.

The film “Upstream Color” is available on Netflix. It can also be rented for $3 – $4 from these three websites:


Stella Kyriakakis


J.D. Connor
Assistant Professor, History of Art, Yale University

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Centre for the Study of the United States


Department of Art History, University of Toronto

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