In 1969, philosopher Marshall McLuhan argued that the interest in psychedelics at the time had to do with developing “empathy with the invading electronic environment.” Today’s “psychedelic renaissance” is led by experimentation in the therapeutic effects of mind-altering drugs. On February 22, 2021, film Faculty member, Patricia Pisters, explained during an online session of SPUI25 how this renaissance” also tells us something about a new understanding of our complex digital living environment that is increasingly permeated by artificial intelligence and media machinations.
On December 9, 2020, the University of the Arts Helsinki will host an online book launch and symposium that together mark the closure of the exhibition ‘Cooking for the Apocalypse’. The book accompanying the exhibition, entitled Eco Noir: A Companion for Precarious Times, provides an textual and visual collaborative exploration of interspecies relations in time of crisis, featuring the original artworks and writings of 34 prominent artists and researchers. The symposium, entitled ‘Eco Noir: A Dark Day for a Brighter Future’, focuses on how we can create a deeper connection based on equality with other species, having a wider understanding of our potential role in the betterment of the environment we live in, and thus gaining a better understanding and connection with each other. One of the keynote speakers is our Film Faculty member, Amir Vudka.
French actress Delphine Seyrig played the impressive lead role in Jeanne Dielman, the film with which Chantal Akerman gained prominence. The director, who passed away in 2015, would have turned 70 today. In honor of Akerman, Patricia Pisters, Professor of Film Studies at the UvA, highlights the life and work of Seyrig, who as an activist came to the fore in the 1970s with feminist videos.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists’ University of Amsterdam student chapter presents ‘A History of British Animation’ on Thursday June 6 at 7.30pm at film theatre Kriterion in Amsterdam. A diverse collection of shorts from across the 20th century have been remastered by the BFI National Archive to give a portrait of one of Britain’s most idiosyncratic contributions to world cinema. This feature-length programme of shorts from 1907 to the 1990s, curated by the BFI’s Jez Stewart, traces the history of the art and the industry, offering an animated portrait of a nation, from turn-of-the-century trick films and anti-Nazi cartoon propaganda, to 1960s psychedelia and post-Thatcherite class satire. The 95-minute screening will be introduced by Animation Curator Jez Stewart of the BFI National Archive and followed by a Q&A.
On Friday May 10th, from 3-6pm, Professor Eugenia Brinkema (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will give a talk entitled “The Violence of Fascination: Martyrs, Torture and Form.” In her talk, which will take place at the Potgieterzaal in the University Library (UvA) in Amsterdam, Brinkema will focus on Pascal Laugier’s 2008 new-extremist horror film Martyrs, arguing that the film generates a formal violence that is coextensive with the very aesthetic fascinations that structure it, rendering an account of violence that is monstrative and creative, cinematically demonstrating not the violation of body but the impersonal, non-embodied violence of a fascination with formal possibility, one shared by horror and metaphysical philosophy. The workshop will explore issues of radical formalism, ethics, violence, and negative affect in film and critical theory. All are welcome. To receive workshop readings, please email Abe Geil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are digital media like narcotic drugs? Such comparisons have become increasingly common in the rampant discussion on smartphone and technology addiction. In his book ‘Plato’s Pharmacy’ (1968) philosopher Jacques Derrida discusses the ambiguity of the “pharmakon”, designating both poison and medicine, depending on context and individual differences. Can our contemporary media be seen as pharmaka for our mental health? For the 5th session of the “SAY AAHH!” series on Thursday April 18, 2019 in SPUI25, Amir Vudka, Patricia Pisters and Marlies Brouwer will discuss their ongoing work on this topic.
From March 6th to May 8th, Eye and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice , a series of six public lectures at Eye devoted to remarkable 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 silent cinema compilation programmes to Hollywood classics. Each session features an extended Q&A session with an invited (international) guest speaker, who will also introduce a film screening. This is Film! offers insight into what happens behind the scenes in film archives, museums and cinemas, and is aimed at everyone who loves film. The lectures are in English and can be attended as a series or on a one-off basis.
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On May 9 at 7.15pm Faculty member Patricia Pisters will present an audiovisual ‘tour of duty’ through contemporary war films in Eye. She shows that war and cinema have a long and intertwined history. Soldiers carry cameras and other media devices with them, and the battlefield has exploded on multiple screens, causing our viewpoints to become fragmented. Pisters’ lecture will be illustrated with fragments from war films such as Redacted by Brian De Palma.
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In the Shell Shock program, filmmakers, philosophers, writers and speakers bring you as close as possible to the experiences of people after a period of war and violence. On the opening night on March 22, director Morgan Knibbe, film professor Patricia Pisters and philosopher Hans Schnitzler will tell about the processing of war violence in film. There will also be a screening of Morgan Knibbes’ The Atomic Soldiers.
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On March 12 from 6-11pm The Sublime Imperfections research collective devotes a round table and performance event to aesthetics & discourses of imperfection, mistakes, glitches and noise, repair and distortions. The event is part of a conference that address cravings for imperfection in design, music, art, writing, psychology, and genetics. The round table featuring, besides Mieke Bal, Graham Dunning, Linor Goralik, Ellen Rutten, Yuriko Saito, and DJ Trish Trash, our Faculty member Patricia Pisters.
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The deadline for the call for proposals of the Eye International Conference ‘Sisters! Women and the Silent Screen’ has been extended to 7 December 10am (CET). The committee looks forward to receiving your proposals at email@example.com. In addition, the conference has announced the names of the keynote speakers: Jaqueline Stewart, Professor at the Department of Cinema and Media Studies of the University of Chicago, and Annette Förster, media historian and film curator who specializes in women in film history.
From 25-26 February, 2019, the international symposium ‘Sensory Moving Image Archives: Visualization, Exploration and Reuse of Moving Image Data’ will be held at the University of Amsterdam. The two-day symposium comes out of the research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive: Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research (SEMIA, 2017-2019). The program will consist of invited presentations and papers accepted through an open call. Scholars, professionals and practitioners from all groups are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a short bio of 50 words, in pdf format, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 23 November, 2018.
Once a year, Eye Filmmuseum is the venue for an international conference attended by film scholars, archivists, curators and restorers. The conferences are organized in collaboration with national and international partners from both the academic world and the field of film heritage. In 2019, the 5th Eye International Conference will host the 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference. The Eye International Conference 2019 will take place at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from Saturday 25 May to Tuesday 28 May 2019.
From 27-29 June 2018 the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam is co-hosting the NECS 2018 Conference ‘Media Tactics and Engagement’. Various members of the Film Team are part of the local organising team: Maurie Aude Baronian, Patricia Pisters and Maryn Wilkinson. The programme of the NECS 2018 Conference can be found here in PDF format.
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Roffa Mon Amour (RMA) brings SUMMER FILM SCHOOL for the very first time to the Netherlands. From July 18 through July 22 we present a program of lectures and screenings in cooperation with CINEA, the Flemish service for film culture. At Drijvend Paviljoen and LantarenVenster in Rotterdam the work of two renowned cineastes will be explored: auteur provocateur director Brian De Palma and the artistic, literary cinema of Alain Resnais. During the 5-day program Summer Film School launches ten lectures and ten film screenings on the oeuvre of both cineastes.
Fifty years ago students, factory workers and filmmakers challenged the Establishment, from Paris to Mexico City, carrying not only bricks but also agile and light 16mm cameras. EYE Filmmuseum shows how the film camera became the rallying symbol of a generation of young people who demanded the right to shape their own lives. To mark the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 events in Paris, EYE Filmmuseum explores the spirit of ’68 and its international crop of wayward filmmakers.
The programme, which runs from 26 April to 25 May, includes films from the year 1968, films about ’68 as well as talk shows and debates with such guests as pop journalist Hester Carvalho, the Instant Composers Pool and Tracy Metz, Director of the John Adams Institute.
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From 9th May until 16th May 2018 the 7 Day Short Film Competition challenges beginning filmmakers from the Netherlands and Belgium to produce a short film (in Dutch) of 7 minutes in 7 days! Best film will win € 2000,- and a big screen premiere on 9th June in Cinema Zuid, Antwerp. The winning film will also go on tour in other cities. During the competition week, participants will receive guidance and coaching from professionals.
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From May 26-29, 2018, the EYE International Conference ‘Activating the Archive: Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change.’ will be held in the EYE Filmmuseum. The conference will explore contemporary archival and academic debates, catering to film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, curators and restorers. This year, more than fifty speakers from around the globe will represent this diverse community of professionals, including three invited keynote lecturers: Prof. dr. Thomas Elsaesser, Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Prof. dr. Faye Ginsburg, Professor of Social Anthropology at New York University, and Prof. dr. Julia Noordegraaf, Professor of Digital Heritage at the University of Amsterdam. The EYE International Conference 2018 will also celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the MA programme in Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), whose approximately 150 alumni are active in museums, archives and universities around the world.
The second edition of the Ammehoela Film Festival takes place on Saturday March 31 at FC Hyena in Amsterdam Noord. The one-day festival has selected 69 short films – among which 17 premieres – and divided them into 10 theme blocks of one and a half hour each. In addition, both Cinecrowd and The One Minutes will take care of one block and throughout the day, from 1pm to 1am, there will be a too dense programme of the most edgy media mess in the central hall and beyond.
The full programme with all the theme blocks and side programmes can be found at https://ammehoelafilmfestival.nl/programma/. Tickets for the entire day can be ordered online for the nice price of €15 through the website of FC Hyena with the short link http://bit.ly/ammehoela2018. Cineville cardholders receive a 50% discount.
On Thursday, April 5th, 2018, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) organizes a festive network event in CREA in Amsterdam. The event is devoted to the annual award for the best thesis written on Latin American or the Caribbeanat a Dutch university in the academic year 2016-2017. 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 the best presentation.
The program will start at 5pm with the screening of Wild Wealth, a short film by National Geographic and the International Development Bank on biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean. The film will be introduced by environmental anthropologist Fabio De Castro (CEDLA), who will briefly address the multiple images and discourses built around ‘nature’ and ‘conservation’ in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the implications of these contrasting meanings and narratives for the struggles over environmental justice in the region. After the ceremony, from 7pm onwards, there will be drinks and bites in the bar of CREA. Entrance is free.