On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2023 will take place in UvA’ Humanities Labs in Amsterdam. It is the fourth time that the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication (HuCom) awards this prize for the best master’s thesis on humanitarian communication and the representation of international cooperation and humanitarian aid. The event will be held from 15:00-17:00 hrs in UvA’s Humanities Labs in Bushuis and include the launch of a new Humanitarian Communication Guide and Inclusive Language Glossary.
A special issue of Deleuze and Guattari Studies, entitled ‘Deleuze and Guattari and the Psychedelic Revival’, is out now. The premise of this special issue is that Deleuze and Guattari offer important concepts and insights to make sense of this renewed interest in psychedelics in the context of today’s world. The articles collected here, want to make a contribution to a humanities approach of the psychedelic experience. The special issue contains With contributions from various Film team members and Media Studies colleagues, includong Erica Biolchini, Amir Vudka, Marc Tuters and Patricia Pisters, who also edited the special issue.
On Thursday, October 5, from 10.00-13.00 hrs, NICA/RMeS are hosting a lecture/workshop by Joseph Crickmore entitled ‘De-Colonizing Spice Melange: Psychedelic Aesthetics in Dune’. After the introductory lecture by Crickmore, participants will enter into a discussion on political and de-colonizing ethics, approaching the current psychedelic revival from a media, cultural and broader humanities perspective.
In her new book Reframing Trauma in Contemporary Fiction Film (2023), Film Faculty member Tarja Laine provides insights into how cinema engages its spectator emotionally with the pathology of memory that lies at the heart of trauma. By arguing that cinema communicates the inability to process a traumatic event by means of its aesthetic specificity, Laine demonstrates that traumatic cinema can be an important source of ethical knowledge, both within and beyond the cinematic world. The films discussed in this book do not necessarily narrate trauma but embody that aspect of trauma which resists narrativization. This is why there are modes of affective engagement beyond storytelling by which spectators can meaningfully relate to trauma. Scholars of film studies, media studies, and philosophy will find this book of particular interest.
On Wednesday, June 14, from 15:30 – 19:00, the 4-part documentary Las Vegas: Life in Neon Shadows (1986) by director and retired Film Team member, Bruce Gray, will be screened at the University of Amsterdam Theater (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16). The original tapes have recently been digitized for exhibition as part of Gray’s work at BuzzHouse’s digitization studio in collaboration with student volunteers. Presented by UvA’s AMIA chapter, the screening will be introduced by Gray and followed a conversation with him moderated by Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image MA student Errol Tyson. Gray will also share his past photography work on Las Vegas. The screening is free of charge and open for all to join.
On Wednesday May 24, 2023, from 15.00-17.00 hrs, the next Media Suite Seminar on ‘Exploring abstract or operational images as new media (arts) research in the Media Suite’ will be hosted online and on location. In this seminar, Megan Phipps will present her work on the CLARIAH Media Suite’s collection acquisition of The Peter Rubin Collection (Eye Filmmuseum), a multi-media, experimental film, audiovisual performance, and rave/techo-based collection. She will discuss experience gained in archiving a re-mixed based collection and examine how viewing abstract images through an operational framework can provide a fresh look at the role of the (new) media histories within audiovisual archives. Together, attendees of this webinar will explore methods of researching abstract (new) media arts and operational images through cross-collection research, cross-media analysis, and the search functionalities features provided within the Media Suite. Participation is possible on location at the UvA Media Studies Department’s E-Lab (BG1, Room 0.16, Turfdraagsterpad 9) or via Teams.
“Fuck Healing (?): The Insomniac Dreamers” is a week-long program of events from May 29 to June 2, 2023 at (mainly) OT301 which creatively and theoretically responds to the concept of exhaustion through a series of participatory art works, lectures, seminars, screenings and workshops. The project comprises three program sections across the first five working days: a morning theoretical program titled “Exhausting Theory”; an afternoon creative workshop program “Exhaustive Creation”; and an evening program of artistic interventions and screenings as “Exhausted Pleasure”.
On Friday, May 19, from 2-5.30pm, the research group ‘Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition’ (Eye Filmmuseum, UvA and ASCA)is organizing a book launch, film program, and discussion at the Eye Collection Centre (Asterweg 26). It concerns the launch of Taroni-Cividin: Performance, Video, Expanded Cinema 1977-1984, a bilingual edited volume which comprehensively chronicles and sets into today’s context the work of Roberto Taroni and Luisa Cividin across film and performance. Alongside a special screening of some of Taroni-Cividin’s film and video works restored in the context of the project, artist Roberto Taroni and editor Flora Pitrolo will join in conversation by Eye curator Simona Monizza and programmer and researcher (Leiden University) Julian Ross to discuss the duo’s radical interdisciplinary practice. The event is free of charge and open for all to join.
On Tuesday May 9, at 7pm, the UvA student chapter of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA, related to the MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image), organizes the screening of the films Committee of Six (2022, 40′) and WTC: A Love Story (2021, 60′) at Ventilator Cinema/OT301 in Amsterdam. This program, introduced by P&P student Finn Jubak, addresses contested transformations of the urban environment, combining archival research, oral history, and performance.
On May 2, 2023, at 4pm, Brian Price (University of Toronto) will give a ASCA public lecture entitled ‘After the Political, Aesthetic Affiliation’ in the Doelenzaal (UB) of the UvA Library. In this talk, Price will elaborate an aesthetic theory of solidarity with respect to Olivier Assayas’s recent television series. He will argue that Assayas’s recent television works, Carlos and Irma Vep (2022), simultaneously stage the problem of appearance in uniform terms, and propose, especially in Irma Vep, a way of understanding political affiliation in necessarily uneven aesthetic terms, where belonging depends less on relations of identity than on the very differences that constitute a need for ‘relation’ in the first place. In addition, on May 3, 2023, from 10am-1pm, Price will be giving a masterclass on the topic of ‘Moral Philosophy, Moving Images’. In case you want to join this masterclass, please register via firstname.lastname@example.org. For the public lecture no registration is needed.
On Friday April 7, 2023, Film Faculty member Patricia Pisters will speak during the first session, entitled ‘Psychedelia: a noetic experience of the entropic brain?’, at the conference ‘Psychedelia and Computing: How to Bifurcate Cybernetics?’ hosted by the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society of the University of California. The 1-day conference can also be followed online, a Zoom link will be sent 2 days before the event to registrants.
On April 19, 2023, from 16:00-19:30, the film-philosophy workshop focuses on the cinema of Apitchapong Weersathekul together with dr. Erik Bordeleau. The workshop will consist of a screening of scenes from Weersathekul’s latest film, Memoria (2021), followed by a talk by dr. Erik Bordeleau (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) and finally an open discussion. The workshop will be held at OT301’s Cinema Space in Amsterdam.
The Fuck Healing collective is pleased to announce its first Summer Program, entitled “Fuck Healing (?): The Insomniac Dreamers”, which will take place from May 29 to June 4, 2023. It is a series of events comprising lectures, seminars, creative workshops, screenings and art interventions at OT301, culminating in a one-day final event at Treehouse NDSM. We are pleased to invite students to participate in the entire program (lectures/seminars and creative workshops) through a selection process. The morning “Exhausting Theory” program will be open to students via advanced registration, and will feature lectures and seminars from invited theoreticians working at the intersection of Deleuze’s theory and creative practice on the theme of “The Exhausted”. Contributions are confirmed by Patricia Pisters (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), Toni Pape (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University), Halbe H. Kuipers (University of Amsterdam) and Hypatia Vourloumis (Dutch Art Institute).
Film faculty member Charles Forceville will give a keynote lecture entitled ‘On developing Multimodal Metaphor Theory into Multimodal Trope Theory: Providing Food for Thought’ at the Culture and Cognition in Language 3 (CCL3) Conference, which will be hosted from April 27-28, 2023, at the University of Rzeszów, Poland. In the days preceding the conference Forceville is scheduled to give a series of guest lectures about visual and multimodal communication at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
The development of AI systems that are more powerful than the current ChatGPT-4 must be paused for the next six months. This is stated in an open letter from the non-profit institute Future of Life, which, in addition to big names such as Elon Musk, has also been signed by UvA scholars, including Film Faculty member Amir Vudka. In an interview with Folio (in Dutch) he explains why: “GPT-5 could really be a game changer.”
In the AGBU WebTalk entitled ‘Aurora Mardiganian: Survivor, Witness, Activist’, Film faculty member Marie-Aude Baronian offers a portrait of Aurora as a pioneer and activist, a young woman who having survived the unimaginable violence of the Genocide wrote a memoir to tell her story and the story of her people, then went on to play her own role in Ravished Armenia, a 1919 Hollywood production that became the first ever film to depict genocide. In another AGBU WebTalk entitled ‘Ravished Armenia: Representing Genocide in Early American Cinema’ Baronian explores the implications of this film, the making of it, its impact at the time, and the challenges of representing violence and mass atrocity through cinema. The animated documentary, Aurora’s Sunrise (2022), directed by Inna Sahakyan, is screening in selected Dutch film theatres from Monday, April 24, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
Watch WebTalk 1: Aurora Mardiganian: Survivor, Witness, Activist
Watch WebTalk 2: Ravished Armenia: Representing Genocide in Early American Cinema
Watch the radio broadcast (De Nieuws BV) about Aurora’s Sunrise
In the elective ‘Decolonising Media Studies: From Theory to Practice’, students produce their own projects addressing, tackling, and practicing decolonisation in the field of media. This year, the exhibition of final projects will take place on March 31, 2023, at the VOC-Zaal, in line with the aim of the course to encourage decolonial reflections on the pedagogies, curricula, and higher education, including the University of Amsterdam’s own practices and heritage. The event starts at 1pm with presentations and from 3pm onwards it will be possible to walk-in to visit the exhibition.
On Friday, March 17, at 10.45am, Film faculty Emiel Martens will host a workshop on research-based filmmaking at the Industry Day of the InScience Film Festival. The making of a film starts with translating an idea into a plan to submitting this plan for funding. However, writing a film plan and securing funding can be very challenging, particularly for independent research-based filmmakers who often might not be considered as ‘official’ and ‘fulltime’ filmmakers (but as researchers, academics or, worse, hobbyists). In this workshop, film scholar-practitioner Emiel Martens (Film Studies, UvA) discusses the importance of a film plan and the various elements that go into such a plan. In addition, he will share different funding opportunities for independent research-based film productions, particularly research grant schemes that are increasingly oriented towards societal impact (or ‘valorisation’) through creative public outputs such as research-based impact films.
Curated by Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator of Eye Filmmuseum and Professor of Film Heritage at UvA, This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice is an annual public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage, with international guest speakers and film screenings. The 2023 edition of This is Film! addresses the theme of ‘activating the archive’ which is the topic of this year’s Eye International Conference. Each of the six sessions in the 2023 edition highlight different institutional and non-institutional efforts to save and activate audiovisual heritage. Together with guests, we explore topics like the work of Cimateque – Alternative Film Centre Cairo, the preservation of Chilean exile films, and audiovisual heritage in India.
On Wednesday March 15, 2023, at 3pm, a session on the outcomes of three CLARIAH teaching fellowships carried out at the University of Groningen (RUG) will be hosted on location and online via Teams. The session’s physical location is the E-lab at the University of Amsterdam’s Media Studies Department (room 0.16 in BG1, Turfdraagsterpad 9). For those wishing to participate online, they can follow this link to join the meeting. The session’s guest speaker is Susan Aasman, Professor in Digital Humanities at RUG. In addition, current CLARIAH research fellow Vincent Baptist, Postdoctoral Researcher & Lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, will talk about his project Framing Industrial City Icons (FICI), which investigates processes of iconization across historical media collections for three selected post-war Dutch industrial landmarks, focusing on how general characteristics ascribed to (urban) icons may be translated into systematic methods for visual analysis.