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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.”

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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 a 1919 Hollywood production that became the first ever film to depict genocide. Baronian argues that Aurora’s mission is far from being closed and, moreover, that it compels us to think about the ways in which we can continue to tell the stories of survivors and to bear witness to atrocity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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‘Who Owns the Future?’ long read for Cinema Ecologica

In May 2022, Film faculty Patricia Pisters introduced Spaceship Earth and Silent Running, two visionary films on attempts to live in cooperation and co-creation with nature, in Eye Filmmuseum as part of their Cinema Ecologica program. In addition, Pisters wrote a long read entitled ‘Who Owns the Future?’ exploring the cinematic visions of our planet’s future portrayed during the preceding half century, which is now available on the Eye website.

Introduction to Spaceship Earth and Silent Running

Long read ‘Who Owns the Future?’

REVOLUSI! The Indonesian revolution depicted

From 11-29 March 2022 the Rijksmuseum and Eye present Revolusi! Both institutions will, with films, talks and other events, introduce you to the Indonesian war of decolonisation. The film museum will screen a program of Indonesian ‘battle films’ of which some have never been seen in the Netherlands before. Film Faculty member Arnoud Arps will introduce two of these films: Kadet 1947 on Friday March 11 and Soegija on Sunday March 13.

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Public lecture series This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

Eye Filmmuseum presents the 8th edition of This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage. Under the overarching theme of Global Audiovisual Archiving, also this year’s theme of the Eye International Conference, international scholars and archival practitioners showcase and discuss archival practices from all over the globe. Each of the six sessions will highlight different institutional and non-institutional efforts and archival practices worldwide. Together with guests, we explore topics like film heritage in Brazil, forgotten female film directors from Indonesia, the African Film Heritage Project, the efforts of the Asian Film Archive and the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association, non-institutional practices in Latin America, and the Cinematheque Beirut project. This year’s guests are all members of the Advisory Board of the Eye International Conference on Global Audiovisual Archiving.

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Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021

On Friday, March 4, 2022, the ceremony event of the Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021 will take place in cultural student centre CREA in Amsterdam. After an absence of one year, it is the third time that the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication (HuCom), which is co-directed by Film Faculty member Emiel Martens, awards this prize for the best master’s thesis on humanitarian communication and the representation of international development. The hybrid event, which can be followed both on location and online, will be held from 15:15-17:15hrs in CREA’s theatre and includes the screening of the short film Without Shoes, You Won’t Survive (2021) and presentations by the nine nominees.

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On March 11, 2022, Faculty member Amir Vudka will be hosting a live cinema show featuring a special site-specific performance by filmmaker and artist Vincent Moon in De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague. Moving between the realms of documentary creation, ethnographic research, and filmic experimentation, Moon’s show will explore the poetry at the heart of personal and collective rituals, with films taken on every continent, in collaboration with hundreds of communities around the world.

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Archival Screening Night Roadshow

On Wednesday, November 17, at 7.30pm, the Dutch branch of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), associated with our Film Faculty, hosts the Archival Screening Night Roadshow, an (free!) evening of 20 films and videos from archives and archivists around the world. The Archival Screening Night Roadshow is a veritable treasure from the world’s archives and archivists featuring more than twenty astonishing films and videos in 100 minutes. This cinematic ‘Cabinet of Wonders’ features films from Mexico, Thailand, and New Zealand, an appearance by Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five, a dancing bobcat, Baltimore breakdancing including the Chocolate Boogie, Jack Lemmon’s first screening appearance as a helpless soldier, and many more. It is not possible to make reservations. Tickets can be claimed at the bar half an hour before the film starts. You will need to show your QR code.

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From May 29-31, 2022, Eye Filmmuseum, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will present the 7th Eye International Conference on ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices’. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply is 16 January 2022. The conference organizers encourage proposals from participants, archives, and regions that are underrepresented in conferences related to audiovisual heritage, discussing topics that highlight concrete, urgent, practical concerns, and threats to collections.

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Call for submissions for the Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021

The Expertise Centre for Humanitarian Communication, with Film Faculty member Emiel Martens as Co-Director, is currently inviting submissions for their Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021. Have you recently (i.e. between January 1, 2020 and September 1, 2021) completed your master’s thesis on humanitarian communication or the representation of international development? Then consider submitting it by November 1, 2021.

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Sounds of Silence Festival at the end of the month

The Sounds of Silence Festival exposes the timeless beauty of silent cinema and explores its interaction with contemporary music and art. This year the festival is held from October 28-30 in Theater De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague. Film faculty member Amir Vudka is the Artistic Director of the festival and Asli Özgen-Havekotte, another Film Faculty member, will give a lecture about women filmmakers of silent cinema.

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