Entries by Greg DeCuir

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 […]

(Re)imagining African Independence

In 2015, the former Portuguese colonies of Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tomé and Principe commemorated the 40th anniversary of their independence. In reality, the end of the Portuguese empire in the 1970s was as abrupt as its history had been exceptional in relation to the rest of the 20th century colonies: the length of the Portuguese […]

A brief study of film festivals in Mexico: Consumption and historical evolution 2010-2016

Mexico has experienced several cycles of growth or decline in film production and consumption, and like many other countries its own cinematography has been left out of the North American corpus that dominates the exhibition circuits. The mastery of American cinematography, which largely responds to canons originating with the Hollywood industry, imposes guidelines for aesthetic […]

Nothing Stable under Heaven at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

At its best, it is carefully-constructed chaos. At its worst, it is equally chaotic but less carefully constructed. Nothing Stable under Heaven (https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/nothing-stable-under-heaven/) is an exhibition that bombards you from all angles as it forces you to juggle different and sometimes jumbled social issues and themes. Running at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art […]

Racial phantasmagoria: The demonisation of the other in Richard Mosse’s ‘Incoming’

Richard Mosse’s Incoming (2014-17) is a large-scale video installation mapping the flow of refugees displaced by the Syrian Civil War, shown last spring at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial in Melbourne, Australia. The National Gallery is one of the largest museums in the country and its inaugural Triennial seeks to survey the international world […]