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Digital Methods Summer School project featured in the New York Times

Project from 2016 critiques stock images

The Digital Methods Summer School project from 2016 is a critique of stock images, and shows how the Lean In collection by Getty Images, aimed at empowering women, is used out of context. See ‘From Sex Object to Gritty Woman: The Evolution of Women in Stock Photos’     >

Publication Marie-Aude Baronian

Screening Memory. The Prosthetic Images of Atom Egoyan, April 2017

Atom Egoyan, a Canadian of Armenian origin, is a prolific filmmaker and visual artist, having created a number of feature films, short films, video installations, and more. His extensive, dense, and multifaceted oeuvre, which delves into questions of heritage, alienation, loss, family, and traumatic history, has continually focused on the relationship between image and memory. While cinema and memory are inextricably bound (films register time, and filmic images are inscribed into our memories), Egoyan’s work takes up this assumption, questioning and complicating the nature of the relationship. Whether it is the relation between memory and audiovisual technology, memory and the Armenian Catastrophe, or memory and diaspora, it is by continually constructing and deconstructing the foundations of the image that these connections emerge. It is thus in these obsessive and repetitive dynamics that Egoyan creates and produces images, at once artificial and fragile, as prostheses of memory. >

Book Publication Nocturnal Fabulations by Toni Pape, UD Media Studies,

(and others), April 2017

Nocturnal Fabulations: Ecology, Vitality and Opacity in the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul by Érik Bordeleau, Toni Pape, Ronald Rose-Antoinette and Adam Szymanski Introduction by Erin Manning We are happy to announce the publication of the book Nocturnal Fabulations, co-authored by Érik Bordeleau, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Adam Szymanski and our colleague Toni Pape. Nocturnal Fabulations is a collective engagement with the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This project, which proposes a collaboration across two practices: cinema and writing, is animated by a shared curiosity in the pragmatics of fabulation and its speculative gesture of bringing forth a people to come. In an encounter with Apichatpong’s cinematic dreamscape, the concepts of ecology, vitality and opacity emerge to articulate an ethos of fabulation that deframes experience, recomposes subjectivity and unfixes time. The book is published in English and French by the open access publisher Open Humanities Press. Engish version French version >

PhD defence Christian Olesen

Film History in the Making, May 10 Agnietenkapel, 14:00

C.G. Olesen: Film History in the Making: Film Historiography, Digitised Archives and Digital Research Dispositifs. PhD defence ceremony Christian Olesen investigates the implications digitisation has for scholarly film historiography. He argues there is a deficit in our critical understanding of knowledge production with digital methods and their representational practices in film historical research. He develops a meta-historical framework that accounts for such practices to further the critical analysis and conceptualisation of digital archive-based scholarship. Supervisor Prof. J.J. Noordegraaf Read more >

Patricia Pisters krijgt Louis Hartlooper Prijs

voor Beste Filmpublicatie 2016 op Nederlands Filmfestival

De jaarlijkse Louis Hartlooper Prijs voor de beste filmpublicatie is op donderdag 22 september tijdens het Nederlands Film Festival uitgereikt aan Patricia Pisters voor haar boek ‘Filming for the Future – The Work of Louis van Gasteren’, het eerste boek over het werk van één van Nederlands meest productieve filmmakers. Filming for the Future, Amsterdam University Press, 2015 Je zou denken dat over Louis van Gasteren, door velen beschouwd als Nederlands belangrijkste filmmaker sinds decennia (tevens gekend querulant), al vele boeken/studies zouden zijn verschenen. Pas nu (vlak voor zijn dood, oh ironie) verschijnt een prachtig eerbetoon aan deze veelzijdige kunstenaar. Door een intelligente indeling en interessante analyses van het zeer uiteenlopende werk heeft de schrijfster een buitengewoon helder en toegankelijk boek geschreven. Een boek waarbij drie dvd’s zijn bijgevoegd met zeven voor deze gelegenheid geselecteerde films van Van Gasteren. Daardoor kan de gelezen theoretische uitleg voor een substantieel deel ook... >

Book Publication:Thomas Elsaesser, Film History as Media Archaeology

Film History as Media Archaeology Tracking Digital Cinema, By Thomas Elsaesser Since cinema has entered the digital era, its very nature has come under renewed scrutiny. Countering the ‘death of cinema’ debate, Film History as Media Archaeology presents a robust argument for the cinema’s current status as a new epistemological object, of interest to philosophers, while also examining the presence of moving images in the museum and art spaces as a challenge for art history. The current study is the fruit of some twenty years of research and writing at the interface of film history, media theory and media archaeology by one of the acknowledged pioneers of the ‘new film history’ and ‘media archaeology’. More about the book >

Review Mark Deuze and Cecilie Givskov,

Researching new media and social diversity in later life, online on Sage Insight website

The review ‘Researching new media and social diversity in later life’ , that appeared this summer in New Media & Society, is now posted on the Sage Insight website. Posted on August 29, 2016 Authors: Cecilie Givskov University of Copenhagen, Denmark Mark Deuze University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Abstract As societies are ageing and mediatizing at the same time, it becomes both timely and relevant to develop particular perspectives on the role and meaning of media for older people. The diversity and inequality in the lived experience of the ageing population in the new media environment constitute a blind spot in current research. In this essay, we bring literatures of (cultural) ageing studies and (new) media studies into conversation with each other by asking what future directions for research on older people and their media lives from the particular perspective of social diversity could be. We propose three key interventions:... >

Bookpublication ‘Cities Interrupted. Urban Space and Visual Culture’

Edited by Christoph Lindner and Shirley Jordan, Febr. 2016

Cities Interrupted explores the potential of visual culture – in the form of photography, film, performance, architecture, urban design, and mixed media – to strategically interrupt processes of globalization in contemporary urban spaces. Looking at cities such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Doha, London, New York, and Paris, the book brings together original essays to reveal how the concept of ‘interruption’ in global cities enables new understanding of the forms of space, experience, and community that are emerging in today’s rapidly transforming urban environments. The idea of ‘interruption’ addressed in this book refers to deliberate interventions in the spaces and communities of contemporary cities – interventions that seek to disrupt or destabilize the experience of everyday urban life through creative practice. Interruption is used as an analytic and conceptual tool to challenge – and explore alternatives to – the narratives of speed, hyper-mobility, rapid growth, and incessant exchange and flow that have dominated critical thinking... >

Online: Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film

Shane Denson, Julia Leyda (eds), met bijdrage Patricia Pisters

If cinema and television, as the dominant media of the 20th century, shaped and reflected our cultural sensibilities, how do new digital media in the 21st century help to shape and reflect new forms of sensibility? In this collection, editors Shane Denson and Julia Leyda have gathered a range of essays that approach this question by way of a critical engagement with the notion of “post-cinema.” Contributors explore key experiential, technological, political, historical, and ecological aspects of the transition from a cinematic to a post-cinematic media regime and articulate both continuities and disjunctures between film’s first and second centuries. Published in April 2016. ISBN 9780993199622 (online) Read >

Book Publication: Global Garbage

Edited by Christoph Lindner, Miriam Meissner. December 2015, Routledge.

Global Garbage. Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment. Edited by Christoph Lindner, Miriam Meissner, 2016-Routledge Global Garbage examines the ways in which garbage, in its diverse forms, is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed, and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices. The book explores the increasingly complex relationship between globalization and garbage in locations such as Beirut, Detroit, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Naples, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Tehran. In particular, the book examines how, and under what conditions, contemporary imaginaries of excess, waste, and abandonment perpetuate – but also sometimes counter – the imbalances of power that are frequently associated with the global metropolitan condition. This interdisciplinary collection will appeal to the fields of anthropology, architecture, film and media studies, geography, urban studies, sociology, and cultural analysis. Read more >