Audience members were given popcorn, in accordance with the theme "Night at the Movies"

What is the Sound of a Pig Dancing?

An evening’s exploration of the use of sound and music in film from Edison to the New Wave.

Jeff Hinkelman has taught courses on general film history, East Asian film, and film and race, and guest lectured in the Art and History departments. His dissertation involved films dealing with the First World War made between the Armistice and the active enforcement of the Production Code, and he is especially interested in early cinema, Asian cinema and pre-1950 studio filmmaking around the world. For many years he has managed the Hunt Library Video Collection and maintained an active involvement in various film-related activities across campus. Recent projects include a number of articles related to his dissertation work, a series of podcasts, and regular postings on his film-centered blog ( What is the Sound of a Pig Dancing explores the use of sound and music in film from Edison to the New Wave.

NOISE – Golan Levin and Spike Wolff, Festival Curators
‘Ancient life was all silence…. with the invention of the machine, Noise was born.’ – Luigi Russolo, ‘L’Arte dei rumori’

Noise continually surrounds us, from white static to violent intensity. We are absorbed into, embraced by, and assaulted with sound. Vibrating through our bodies, we capitulate as it engulfs us and permeates our psyche. In the still of its quiet absence and the thrill of its deafening roar, the force of sound is a constant. wats:ON? 2013 explores the realm of noise through a variety of analog, digital, and apparatus enhanced sound-music performances. Noise asks you to surrender to the possibility of the rush of the sublime.

The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?) was created to honor the life of Jill Watson, whose interest in the arts inspired others through her work and her teaching. The festival celebrates Jill’s commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and celebrates her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. Jill Watson was a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.

The wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the JILL WATSON FAMILY FOUNDATION.


This lecture is co-hosted by The wats:ON? Festival and CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute, with support from :

CMU College of Fine Arts
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CMU School of Architecture

Special thanks to:

Dan Martin, Dean, College of Fine Arts
Golan Levin, Director, The Frank- Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
John Carson, Head, School of Art
Stephen Lee, Head, School of Architecture

Additional support and past collaborations include:

CMU ETC Entertainment Technology Center
CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute
CMU School of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art

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