Entries by Greg DeCuir

Editorial NECSUS

For the Autumn 2018 issue of NECSUS we have again compiled dynamic visual material and scholarly texts, including contributions that expand current research themes and explore new forms. The special section in this issue covers the topic #Mapping, guest edited by Giorgio Avezzù, Teresa Castro, and Giuseppe Fidotta. The authors who have been selected to […]

Sergei Eisenstein: Drawings

Private collection. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Matthew Stephenson, London. In childhood, and from Mexico until the end of his life, drawing was almost a daily practice for Eisenstein, and it served many functions. Some were what we would think of as production design, especially for Ivan the Terrible. But drawing also provided recreation […]

Embodied cartographies of the unscene: A feminist approach to (geo)visualising film and television production

by Laura Sharp [T]he frame refers to what is around the frame – a spatially and temporally contiguous ‘unseen’ that may, in its turn, subsequently enter the frame and so become actualized as a seen/scene… The essential thing about film, then, is not the framed image, but that which comes between the frames: the cut.[1]  […]

The mapping of ‘500 Days of Summer’: A processual approach to cinematic cartography

by Chris Lukinbeal Introduction Film, media, and visual culture’s spatial turn has kindled interest in the relationship between cartography and cinema. This growing body of literature has emphasised the similarities between the mediums as well as how cartography and cinema may be productively combined. Castro describes this as cinema’s ‘mapping impulse’, while Bruno calls cinema […]

Making the map speak: Indigenous animated cartographies as contrapuntal spatial representations

by Lola Remy ‘That’s what we’re gonna use… their own medicine.’ – Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, You Are on Indian Land (1969) Introduction: Maps as (colonial) power With the discovery of the so-called ‘New World’ and the exploration of its lands by European nations, mapping became the ideal tool for comprehending and mastering the unknown territories […]

Media mapping and oil extraction: A Louisiana story

by Janet Walker Introduction  Dead trees with leafless branches grey against the sky, flooded roads, houses raised up on stilts: such are the marks of coastal communities in peril in this time of environmental volatility and degradation. Chief Albert Naquin states in the 2015 documentary Can’t Stop the Water that ‘[t]he small Indian community of […]

Early cinema, Sergei Eisenstein, and film culture today: An interview with Ian Christie on new directions in film history

by Malte Hagener and Annie van den Oever  Martin Scorsese and production design, early British cinema and Sergei Eisenstein, the Archers and contemporary European film culture – Ian Christie is as versatile as he is prolific. We caught up with Ian between a visit to the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, teaching at Birkbeck, […]

NECSUS Autumn 2019_#Gesture

Call for submissions NECSUS Autumn 2019_#Gesture Guest editor: Miriam de Rosa (Coventry University) A visible action working as utterance, according to Giorgio Agamben gesture is ‘the exhibition of mediality’. It unveils a process and crystallises a meaning into a temporary form, making visible and yet relying upon a sense of deep tactility and materiality, especially […]

Evidentiary aesthetics: Landscapes of violence at RIDM 2017

‘Space … is a product of relations-between, relations which are necessarily embedded material practices which have to be carried out.’ – Doreen Massey[1] Founded in 1998 by a group of Québécois documentary filmmakers, the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) has become one of Canada’s most established documentary film festivals. Since its inception, the […]

Vacancies at University of Groningen

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen has vacancies for two Assistant Professors in Media Studies (60% teaching, 40% research). The full-time appointments will be for a period of four years, with the possibility of appointment for an indefinite period. The successful candidates are expected to teach in the English-taught BA programme Media […]

Handmade films and artist-run labs: The chemical sites of film’s counterculture

by Rossella Catanese and Jussi Parikka Introduction: Counterpractices in artist-run film labs It is safe to say that much of the contemporary artistic practice with moving images is concerned with materiality and technique. This interest can be seen in the practices and methods involving building and dismantling machines and devices, working with the chemistry of […]