Patten Lecture: The Search for Ecstatic Truth
- 70 minutes Minutes
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Film director Werner Herzog will deliver a Patten Lecture titled The Search for Ecstatic Truth.
As a result of the massive spread of virtual realities, our entire sense of “reality” has been called into question. But sometimes facts so exceed our expectations—have such an unusual, bizarre power—that they seem unbelievable. But in the fine arts, music, literature, and cinema, it is possible to reach a deeper stratum of truth—a poetic, ecstatic truth, which is mysterious and can only be grasped with effort. One attains it through vision, style, and craft. We can also gain our ability to have ecstatic experiences of truth through the Sublime, through which we are able to elevate ourselves over nature.
Werner Herzog’s range of work across artistic disciplines is unequalled. He has directed over 50 films and 20 opera productions on six continents, and has published numerous books, screenplays and articles. Established as one of the leading figures of world cinema, he has developed a powerful artistic vision with a capacity for critical reflection.
As a director, Werner Herzog challenges the lines between traditional, narrative feature and documentary film, and has even called his fictional film Fitzcarraldo the best documentary of his career. He proclaims that, “...it is possible to reach a deeper stratum of truth—a poetic, ecstatic truth, which is mysterious and can only be grasped with effort; one attains it through vision, style, and craft”.
These events are sponsored by the William T. Patten Foundation and IU Cinema. The Patten Lecture series invites eminent writers, scholars, and artists to the Bloomington campus, offering stimulating opportunities for intellectual exchanges and artistic expressions. For more details, visit patten.indiana.edu.Click here to view the series pages from the Fall 2012 Program Book, providing details on Werner Herzog's visit to Indiana Unviersity.