The playfulness of Ingmar Bergman: Screenwriting from notebooks to screenplays

by Anna Sofia Rossholm The voice: You said you wanted to ‘play and fantasise’. Bergman: We can always try. The voice: That’s what you said: play and fantasise. Bergman: Sounds good. You don’t exist, yet you do. The voice: If this venture is going to make sense, you have to describe me. In detail actually. […]

Mobile cinema as an archive in motion: A Wall is a Screen and urban memories

Hundreds of people following a person with a megaphone through deserted city centres at night. A political demonstration? A secret society? No, this is A Wall is a Screen (AWIAS),[1] a mobile outdoor cinema, cinematic city walk, and pop-up film festival all in one, which – as its name suggests – uses walls of buildings […]

Dressing the surface

by Giuliana Bruno What is the place of materiality in our contemporary virtual world? To engage materiality, I suggest that we think about surfaces rather than images, and explore the fabrics of the visual and the surface tension of media. In order to pursue a new materialism, I propose performing critical acts of investigation on […]

Archives of the present − memory work in the making: ‘Transmission from the Liberated Zones’ (Filipa César, 2015)

National libraries, museums, and archives are potential sites for knowledge production and shared memory work, but they tend also to be monuments of state power, of selection and exclusion. Film and moving images have always played a formative role in cultural commemoration, and the resistance of cinematic counter-memories has also famously illuminated the critical potential […]

The filmic representation of home in transnational families: The case of ‘I for India’

by Efrén Cuevas In an increasingly globalised world, the phenomenon of transnational families has spanned many countries, raising questions as to the traditional understanding of home, a concept normally associated with the notions of homeland and the family house. This article intends to study these issues through an analysis of I for India (2005), a […]

The way we watched: Vintage television programmes, memories, and memorabilia

by Helen Piper ‘People die, sure,’ my mother was saying. ‘But it’s so heart-breaking and unnecessary how we lose things. From pure carelessness. Fires, wars. The Parthenon, used as a munitions storehouse. I guess that anything we manage to save from history is a miracle.’ – Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch[1] Formal histories of television and […]

Kilts, tanks, and aeroplanes: Scotland, cinema, and the First World War

by David Archibald & Maria Velez-Serna The relationship between the First World War and early cinema in Britain is both highly complex and far from predictable. In 1914 the visual styles, narrative conventions, exhibition practices, and social roles of moving pictures were still in flux and wartime upheaval inevitably defined the context in which the […]

NECS 2015: Archives of/for the future

The call for papers for the NECS 2015 conference has been announced. The theme is Archives of/for the Future and the deadline is 31 January 2015. Details can be found on the NECS website. The NECS 2015 conference will be held at the University of Łódź in Poland from 18-20 June 2015. The conference is […]

Archival gambits in recent art: What can an image do?

by Anik Fournier Living Tomorrow (2005) by the artist Linda Wallace is a three-channel, database-driven installation. The artwork’s database consists of sequences taken from the American soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful, as well as images of surveillance cameras, Dutch landscapes, and Muslim veils. The images are all subjected to a kaleidoscopic effect that […]