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.
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Fuck Healing (?): The Insomniac Dreamers
“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”.
Book launch, film program, and discussion surrounding the work of Roberto Taroni and Luisa Cividin
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.
Committee of Six and WTC: A Love Story Screened by the UvA Student Chapter of AMIA
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.
After the Political, Aesthetic Affiliation
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.
Patricia Pisters Speaks at Psychedelia and Computing Conference
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.
‘Spirits, Forests, and Screens’ Workshop with Erik Bordeleau
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.
Fuck Healing (?): The Insomniac Dreamers with Lectures and Seminars by Film Faculty Members
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).
Keynote Lecture on Multimodal Metaphor Theory
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.
UvA scholars sign open letter: ‘Stop developing AI systems’
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.”
New Webtalk on Aurora Mardiganian, Armenian-American actress and survivor of the Armenian genocide
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
Exhibition Decolonising Media Studies
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.
Workshop on research-based filmmaking at InScience Industry Day
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.
Follow This is Film! series at Eye Filmmuseum
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.
OUTCOMES SESSION OF CLARIAH TEACHING FELLOWSHIPS
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.
Click here for more information on the three CLARIAH projects
Click here to join the meeting
IAS KICK-OFF LECTURE BY PEI-SZE CHOW
On March 28, 2023, from 12-14pm, Pei-Sze Chow (Film Studies) and Claudio Celis Bueno (New Media and Digital Culture) will kick-off their Fellowship at IAS with a lecture entitled ‘Automating Cinema: Technographic Explorations of Artificial Intelligence in Film Culture’. The location is the Institute for Advanced Study at Oude Turfmarkt 147 in Amsterdam. The lecture is open for all to join, but registration is needed.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE FESTIVAL AT THE END OF THE MONTH
From 18-19 March, 2023, the Sounds of Silence Festival will take place at Theater De Nieuwe Regentes, The Hague. The festival, of which our film faculty member Amir Vudka is the artistic director, exposes the profound art of silent film and explores its interaction with contemporary music and art.
FILM FACULTY MEMBER PEI-SZE CHOW NEW IAS MEMBER
Pei-Sze Chow (Film Studies) and Claudio Celis Bueno (New Media and Digital Culture) have been appointed Fellows of the UvA Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Over the next 12 months, they will work on their project ‘Automated Cinema: Technographic Explorations of Artificial Intelligence in Film Culture’. Emerging from their work in the AI and Cultural Production research group at ASCA, the project investigates how AI-powered tools are being used in the film industry and how a growing shift towards algorithmically assisted filmmaking may impact creative, economic, technical, and aesthetic aspects of film production.
Introduction by Patricia Pisters at Altered States Festival
On Friday, November 11 at 7.15pm, Film faculty member Patricia Pisters will introduce Maya Deren’s experimental films (with live music by Roxane Métayer) in theatre De Nieuwe Regentes in the Hague. The introduction, which is entitled ‘The Limits of Perception: Nonhuman Aesthetics and Affective Intensity’, is part of the Altered States Festival, a multidisciplinary festival exploring altered states of mind through artistic expression situated between art and ritual, technology and magic. This festival includes dance, music, extended cinema, lectures and art, all dedicated to unlocking the doors of perception.
Media Team for Conference for Psychedelic Research 2022
From September 21-24, 2022, Film Studies students will form the media team at the Interdisciplinary Conference for Psychedelic Research (ICPR) in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The conference will contain three days of inspiration and insights about the possibilities and challenges for reviving the potentiality of psychedelics for treatment from a wide interdsciplinary persepctive that shows the entangled ecologies of our world (science, nature, medicine, politcs, culture and consciousness).