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Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2017, Politics as Usual

Alternative Film/Video, 13-17 December 2017, Belgrade Perhaps the most referenced statement on politics in cinema is Jean-Luc Godard’s notion that the ideal is not to make political films, but to make films politically. Godard proclaimed this at a turning point in his career – when he turned to alternative forms of cinema, alternative forms of […]

Critique, protest, activism, and the video essay

by Kevin B. Lee This selection of video essays is curated for an issue of the journal NECSUS with the special section theme #True. This begs the question of how this word applies to the video essay, particularly those featured in this selection meant to represent possibilities for the video essay to function as social […]

Cute, small, and deadly — a symposium

A symposium on aesthetics and political forms, Friday, 3 March 2017, 13.30h, NYU-Prague We live in strange times. Isis, an international terrorist organization, uses kitten pictures to soften its public image. A right wing ideologue rises to the U.S. presidency via Twitter, a media platform that miniaturizes public speech and thrives on one liners. Meanwhile, […]

The politics of spatiality in experimental nonfiction cinema: Jonathan Perel’s ‘Toponimia’

by Patrick Brian Smith A whole history remains to be written of spaces – which would at the same time be the history of powers – from the great strategies of geopolitics to the little tactics of the habitat. – Michel Foucault[1] We are just as much spatial as temporal beings … our existential spatiality […]

Richard Serra: Sculpture, television, and the status quo

by Francesco Spampinato Introduction Richard Serra emerged in the 1960s in association with minimalism and land art – two conceptual art movements that speculated on the potentialities of sculpture to affect the space (and therefore the context) in which the work of art is installed or for which it is specifically conceived. Similarly to other […]

Cinematic slowness, political paralysis? Animal life in ‘Bovines’, with Deleuze and Guattari

by Laura McMahon Slow, contemplative films about animals represent a minor yet burgeoning trend in contemporary art cinema, including recent releases such as Sweetgrass (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, 2009), Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino, 2010), Bestiaire (Denis Côté, 2010), and Bovines ou la vraie vie des vaches (The True Life of Cows, Emmanuel Gras, […]

Progressive spaces and lines of battle: Bristol Radical Film Festival 2014

Introduction The ethos of the Bristol Radical Film Festival (BRFF), now in its fourth year, appears to be the provision of a space for the screening of films with a strong emphasis on discussion and debate. The festival represents a shift away from merely exhibiting a range of works and onto an examination of the […]

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 […]

A counter-response to Hollis Griffin on ‘Policing the people’

I am very grateful to Hollis Griffin for his courteous, thought-provoking, and sustained response to my article ‘Policing the people’ and my reference to his essay in particular. Griffin’s response continues and extends the concerns which animate both of our essays in specific ways. My counter-response will be structured along two main points: academics/disciplinarity; the […]

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Between the national and the global

The first edition of the Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival[1] was launched fifty years ago in 1964, at a time when the international success of the director Metin Erksan[2] ignited national support for the creation of a Turkish film festival. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has primarily been a national film festival, despite occasional […]

NECS pre-conference open access roundtable

Prior to the NECS 2013 Prague conference there will be a roundtable titled Towards a Political Engagement with Open Access in Scholarly Publishing, hosted at the Municipal Library of Prague on 19 June 2013 at 16h. The roundtable is organised byNatascha Drubek (Universität Regensburg) and Michal Kosák (Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR) and features […]

Screen industries in East-Central Europe: Cultural policies and political culture (22-25 November 2012, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Credit must be given to the academics that created NECS less than a decade ago. After the organization’s first conference in Vienna in 2007 European film scholars finally had an annual venue where new acquaintances could be made and networks cultivated. This process has even facilitated new annual events, most often on a specific subject […]

Media Politics – Political Media. The NECS 2013 Conference

Media Politics ‒ Political Media The NECS 2013 Conference Prague, Czech Republic, June 20-22, 2013 Hosted by Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013 Please email all inquiries to conference@necs.org Call for Papers Film, Media and Cultural Studies have been struggling to respond to the increasing politicization of audiovisual media […]