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Romanian and Hungarian film cultures at the Transilvania International Film Festival

An arguably late arrival in the film festival circuit (first organised in 2002), the Transilvania International Film Festival[1] has been a significant date on the FIAPF calendar since 2011. The medium-sized and competitive Romanian film festival has its focus on first and second feature films by filmmakers from virtually all around the globe while also […]

A geography of resistance: Locating US underground film and TV cultures

The latest collection from David E. James[1] and Adam Hyman (filmmaker and former executive director of the Los Angeles Filmforum) offers a historical and critical representation of the emergence and organisation of the US West Coast postwar experimental cinema scene. The book, titled Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 (New Barnet: John Libbey […]

Dreaming of Cinema / Slow Cinema

Adam Lowenstein’s Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015) and Slow Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), a collection of essays edited by Tiago de Luca and Nuno Barradas Jorge, are attempts to come to grips with some of the different ways that digital technology […]

Beautiful Data / The Democratic Surround

As the future approaches, equally digital and messy, it appears that there is considerable need for a thorough re-thinking of the postwar period which to a large extent determined the course of the current conditions. Such a broadly-conceived Foucauldian ‘history of the present’ attempts to shed new light on contemporary phenomena by rethinking their genealogy […]

The Emergence of Film Culture wins award

The anthology The Emergence of Film Culture: Knowledge Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-Garde in Europe, 1919-1945 was awarded the Premio Limina for best film studies book. This anthology of of essays was edited by NECSUS editor Malte Hagener and included contributions by NECSUS editors Greg de Cuir Jr and Francesco Pitassio. […]

River-to-River Florence Indian Film Festival: The Italian response to Bollywood cinema

Indie Indian films have gained exponential attention from the academic community since 2011 when Delhi Belly (Abhinay Deo, 2011), a thought-provoking film produced by the Bollywood star Aamir Khan, was screened at the London Indian Film Festival. Prior to this upsurge the River-to-River Florence Indian Film Festival has strenuously promoted the value of ‘other’ Indian […]

Haunted by participatory culture

Mirko Tobias Schäfer’s Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011) and José van Dijck’s The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) both approach online services and practices that emerged in the 2000s. The technological and business sides of these phenomena are […]

Shell shock cinema: A discussion with Anton Kaes on the First World War, cinema, and the culture of trauma

by Francesco Pitassio Anton Kaes is the Class of 1939 Professor of German and Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored a number of fascinating books, placing films and related discourses within a broader frame: the confrontation of German literati with cinema in the early 20th century, the contradictory relationship […]

The biennale as a device: 4th Athens Biennale

It is a cliché to say that times of crisis are good for art. For better or worse, this cliché seems to hold some truth for Greece during the past few years. It might be too early to evaluate the quality of art produced at this time. However, beyond any doubt, in the visual and […]

AUP announces new book series

Amsterdam University Press is launching a new book series titled ‘Recursions: Theories of Media, Materiality and Cultural Techniques‘. This series will publish fresh, exciting, and important books in media theory. Topics include media archaeology, media philosophy, cultural techniques, and more. The editors of this series are Jussi Parikka, Anna Tuschling, and Geoffrey Winthrop-Young. Proposals for […]

Visible Evidence XXI website online

The website for Visible Evidence XXI is now online at www.visibleevidence21.org. Visible Evidence is an annual scholarly conference on documentary film, media, culture, and politics. This year’s conference will be held in New Delhi, India from 11-14 December 2014. The 2014 conference will be the first hosted in Asia.

Investigatory art: Real-time systems and network culture

by Edward A. Shanken [A]rtists are ‘deviation amplifying’ systems, or individuals who, because of psychological makeup, are compelled to reveal psychic truths at the expense of the existing societal homeostasis. With increasing aggressiveness, one of the artist’s functions […] is to specify how technology uses us. – Jack Burnham[1] Investigatory research has played a central […]