On Thirsday July 6th from 7-10pm there will be a second session of Black Figures, Black Voices focuses on the work of the Surinamese -Dutch poet and author Edgar Cairo (1948-2000). The evening at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam starts with a screening of Cindy Kerseborn’s documentary ‘Edgar Cairo: Ik ga dood om jullie hoofd’ (2011), about the life and work of this writer, poet, painter and performer. Kerseborn’s film highlights Cairo’s role as a pioneer in the thinking about a black identity and a black consciousness in the context of the Dutch colonial history and post-colonial present. During this evening, Charl Landvreugd (Artist, Researcher) will read from Cairo’s poems and present a performative lecture that focuses on reading Cairo as theory. In the exhibition space, a number of rarely exhibited paintings by Edgar Cairo will be on display. The program ends with time for questions and a dialogue between the audience, Charl Landvreugd and Cindy Kerseborn.
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The Armenian Genocide is commemorated every year by descendants of survivors. What is the influence of the genocide and the commemoration culture on them? On the 8th of June this will be discussed in the Humanity House on the basis of the film Ararat. Ararat (2002) is a drama film about a family and film crew in Toronto working on a film based on the Armenian Genocide. In addition to exploring the human impact of that specific historical event, Ararat examines the nature of truth and its representation through art. After the film there will be a conversation with Marie-Aude Baronian, Associate Professor in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Amsterdam, and Aysenur Korkmaz, PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam in regional, Transnational and European Studies. The event is free of charge and open for all to join.
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On Tuesday, May 23th, from 10:00-12:30 hrs, there will be a film screening of The Poetics of Fragility (2016, 63 mins) and a master class with its filmmakers, Lata Mani and Nicolás Grandi, at the VOC-room of the Bushuis (Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam). The screening (and accompanying Q&A) is open for the general public, along with the participants of master class. The screening is organized by Sudha Rajagopalan, hosted by NICA and ASCA, and moderated by Jaap Kooijman. The Poetics of Fragility is a kaleidoscopic bilingual exploration of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility. It interweaves stories of bodily frailty with optical vignettes of nature’s delicacy to reclaim fragility as intrinsic to existence, not something to be bemoaned or overcome.
Registration: Please register for the masterclass by sending an e-mail to Eloe Kingma at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your program and affiliation.
From Saturday May 27 to Tuesday May 30, the annual EYE International Conference takes place at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. The final schedule of this 3-day program is now available online. This year, the conference presents a special 40th edition of the technical symposium The Reel Thing. Founded and curated by Grover Crisp and Michael Friend, The Reel Thing addresses current thinking and most advanced practical examples in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation, and creates an international common ground for discussion and evaluation.
The Reel Thing has been presented all across the United States, as well as Europe and South America, since its inception in 1994. The Reel Thing at EYE Filmmuseum is a 2-day program with a unique line-up of 25 international laboratory technicians, academics, archivists, new media technologists and preservationists. The Reel Thing includes technical presentations and special screenings of restored films. The opening of the EYE International Conference on Saturday May 27 is part of the EYE Collection Day, featuring recent highlights from the collection of EYE Filmmuseum. The 3rd conference day, on Tuesday May 30, takes place in the new EYE Collection Centre.
Program and registration information can be found here.
Geo Mediations celebrates the entanglements of media and geological events. By situating media objects and digital culture within geological processes, the event addresses the need for a materialist understanding of mediation in the Anthropocene: the present geological epoch during which humans have become a geological force that is capable of having environmental impact on the earth. The evening program brings together a wide ensemble of voices in both talks and artwork presentations.
20:30 -23:00 Mediamatic Biotoop Dijkspark 6, 1019BS Amsterdam By Mediamatic Foundation +31206389901 mediamatic.net.
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This month a new wave of curators and artists will present self-composed programs and remixes of material in the EYE collection. Students of the Master Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image and the Master Media Studies (UvA) have made programs consisting of films from the EYE collection and their own work (remixes).
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Fasion plays an important role in films. Cross-pollinations between the fashion industry and the film industry are already regularly taking place since the 1920s. This film program, taking place in May and June 2017, includes a selection of four films in which the relationship between fashion and film is clearly visible or is made visible.
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Film Faculty member Marie-Aude Baronian has published a new book, Screening Memory: The Prosthetic Images of Atom Egoyan. 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.
A double edition of EYE on Art on behalf of FIBER Festival, including a special on film and alchemy. Alchemical Visions is the title of a cinematic trip that will initiate the audience into the alchemists’ time-honoured quest to transform matter. An evening with Professor of Film Studies Patricia Pisters, architect/artist Füsun Türetken, filmmaker Karel Doing, media artists TeZ and Tarik Barri and sound artist Mark IJzerman.
Alchemical Visions is an introduction to the FIBER Festival (11-14 May). This year’s theme is the relationship between art and alchemy.
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The symposium ‘The Costume of the Future’ focuses on the role new technological developments play in designing and making costumes. What does it mean for the making process? Does it change the costume designer’s role? And what does it mean for directors and actors? These and other questions will be discussed by Dutch designer Ellen Lens (Brimstone), the Italian-American designer of digital costumes Luca Nemolato (The Hunger Games) and former fashion journalist Pauline Terreehorst. Moderator is Marketa Uhlirova, Director of the Fashion on Film Festival in London and author of numerous books and articles about the role of fashion and costumes in film. This symposium was established in collaboration with students of the MA Film studies (UvA), and particularly the course ‘(Un)dressing Cinema: Fashion & Film’ by Marie Baronian.
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On May 5th, 2017, Béla Tarr will have a discussion in EYE with the famous French philosopher Jacques Rancière, who has written a book about the work of Béla Tarr. In Béla Tarr: The Time After, Rancière dives deeper into the role of time in Tarrs’ films. The moderator of the night will be Dana Linssen (TVNZ, Filmkrant).
More information about the event can be found here.
The AMIA UvA Student Chapter (Association Of Moving Image Archivists) in association with the Masters Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image are pleased to announce a special talk by Tjarda de Haan, web archeologist at the Amsterdam Museum (https://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/), on the 20th of April, 2017, from 4-6pm at Oudemenhuispoort C.223 in Amsterdam. Tjarda will present and discuss her on-going project Reconstructing The Digital City. Open to all students and interested parties.
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Find out more about AMIA student chapter here.
The research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA). Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research is one of the seven projects that will receive funding by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) within the research program Smart Culture – Arts and Culture. SEMIA aims to develop a search method that allows artists and researchers to search digitized heritage collections based on their visual characteristics such as light and color, shape or movement. The project’s objective is to establish a set of tools that is needed for the sensory exploration of moving images and it aims to provide a boost to the practice of users who seek to creatively repurpose collections.
Main-applicant is Giovanna Fossati, Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam (ASCA) and Chief Curator at EYE. Co-applicants are dr. Eef Masson of the University of Amsterdam (ASCA) and dr. Harry van Vliet of the Research Group Crossmedia of the University of Amsterdam of Applied Sciences.
The Metropolitan Museum in New York has made its entire collection available online under the Creative Commons License, which means that the images in the collection are free of use as long as it concerns non-profit use. The images can be used for many (academic) purposes.
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After the 2016 edition about the sense of smell, the Institut Français des Pays-Bas is pleased to invite you to the 7th edition of the Film&Science Festival – “Illusions : Trick & Treat your Sight”, which will be held on the 12th and 13th April from 7pm at the FilmHallen in Amsterdam. Should you wish to attend to the evenings, please, register by email to email@example.com, stating the number of people.
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Imagine, the annual festival for fantastic film in the Netherlands that this year takes place from 12-22 April, 2017, in Amsterdam EYE, is looking for a curator (0,1 fte) for the festival’s side programming.
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From April 3 to May 15, EYE and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of six public lectures at EYE devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage. Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses recent restoration projects and presentation forms of film heritage, varying from pre-cinema to recent experimental films and Hollywood classics. Besides regular film projections in cinemas, the lectures cover exhibitions and alternative presentation formats. Each session features a guest speaker, a Q&A and film screenings, often accompanied by live music.
For more info and the full program: eyefilm.nl/thisisfilm
On Friday, March 31st, 2017, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), organizes a festive network event in film theatre Rialto in Amsterdam. The event is devoted to the annual award for the best thesis written on a Latin American or Caribbean topic at a Dutch university in the academic year 2015-2016. The nominated master students will all give a short presentation on their thesis, after which the jury will award the prize for best thesis and, this year for the first time, the best presentation.
The program will start at 3pm with the screening of Consuming the Future, a short film by Jaime Hoogesteger, President of NALACS, and a response and discussion by social scientist and activist, Rosabla Icaza Garza. After the ceremony, from 5pm onwards, there will be drinks and bites in the bar of Rialto. Entrance is free.
NALACS Thesis Award 2015-2016
Date: Friday March 30, 2017
Time: 3-7pm (start program: 3pm, start drinks: 5pm)
Location: Rialto (Ceintuurbaan 338, 1072 GN Amsterdam)
Entrance: Free of charge and open for all to attend, both to the ceremony (3pm) and the drinks afterwards (5pm)
No registration needed, just come and join!
The UvA has surged to 2nd place amongst universities worldwide in Communication & Media Studies, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject published on Wednesday, 8 March 2017. Last year, the UvA placed 6th for this subject. With a total of 19 subjects listed in the top 50, the UvA is the highest ranked university in the Netherlands for the second consecutive year.
Edith Smit, director of the Graduate School of Communication and professor of Persuasive Communication, is extremely pleased with the achievement. ‘It reflects our constant efforts to improve our teaching and research. We were already well respected in Europe; it’s great to see that we have now also cemented our position globally.’ Richard Rogers, professor of New Media and Digital Culture and former department chair of Media Studies is also delighted with the result: ‘Our department is doing ground-breaking work and we always gain considerable international recognition in the field for the media theories and methods we develop. It’s great to see this confirmed in a major international ranking like the QS.
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On Thursday March 30th, DocuDoka (of which the Film Team is part as well) organizes a film and discussion night on the encounters between tourists and refugees. The night in creative bar Doka will start with the screening of Holiday for Everyone (2017, Vakantie voor iedereen), a new documentary by Dutch film trio Annelies Wezenberg, Mark Koster and Rik Lauwen about a temporary center for asylum seekers on a Dutch holiday park and their contact with the local vacationers there. After the screening, which also includes short film and PowNed news report on similar encounters in the Mediterranean region, there will be an interactive discussion with the filmmakers as well as two experts, (former) refugee worker Rebecca Streng and philosopher Ruud Welten.
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