Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2018, International Kino Club Histories

Alternative Film/Video, 12-16 December 2018, Belgrade On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Academic Kino Club, founded in Belgrade (then Socialist Yugoslavia, now Republic of Serbia) in 1958, the Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2018 will be dedicated to the international histories of kino clubs in Europe and beyond. There is a particular postwar history […]

Videographic scene analyses, part 1

by Miklós Kiss As guest editor, my focus for the audiovisual essay section of the Spring and Autumn 2018 issues of NECSUS is original scene analyses as examples of autonomous and explanatorily argumentative videographic criticism. My aim was to inspire the creation of videographic works that provide straightforward close analyses of specific scenes of movies […]

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 […]

Confronting the screen. Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest at the New Museum

Today, with computers, TVs, and mobile phones, everything is flat and put behind glass – our feelings, histories, longings. We’re all separated from each other, for the human being that we are in contact with is always behind glass… But with art, we can jump out of our loneliness. – Pipilotti Rist Pipilotti Rist: Pixel […]

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2016, Documentary Intersections

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2016, Documentary Intersections Alternative Film/Video, 7-11 December 2016, Belgrade Regarding the active fault line between modes of expression in cinema, Bill Nichols wrote about ‘blurred boundaries’ in 1995. Twenty years later Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg wrote about ‘documentary across disciplines’ with a specific focus on alternative forms. Notwithstanding these important recent critical […]

New special issue of [in]Transition

The new special issue of [in]Transition features five videos that emerged from the June 2015 workshop Scholarship in Sound & Image, hosted at Middlebury College. The workshop brought 14 film and media scholars from the United States and Europe to work with a team of experts to collectively explore how to produce and conceptualise videographic criticism. […]

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 […]

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2015 (call for submissions)

The 2012 and 2013 research forums at Alternative Film/Video Belgrade resulted in the publication of the volume On Fragmentation (2014), edited by forum curator Greg de Cuir, Jr, which anthologized essays based on the various presentations delivered. This volume included work by Dirk de Bruyn, Miriam De Rosa, Bruce Posner, and others. After the 3rd […]

We can haz film fest!: Internet Cat Video Festival goes viral

A festival devoted to internet cat videos set out on a 2014 cross-Canada tour with this promotional tagline – ‘All the cattiness of the film fest. But with cats.’ Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival drew programming from its internationally-acclaimed namesake (also known as #catvidfest), which was launched in 2012 by the Walker Art […]

Emoticons by Pisters

NECSUS editor Patricia Pisters has published an audiovisual essay titled Emoticons in the open access videographic journal [in]Transition. In her words Emoticons could be considered as a personal and experimental footnote to the theoretical observations in The Neuro-Image: A Deleuzian Film-Philosophy of Contemporary Screen Culture (Stanford University Press, 2012). The audiovisual essay can be accessed […]

A spiritual journey in Bill Viola’s art

Exhibition: Bill Viola (Paris, Grand Palais, Galeries nationales, 5 March – 21 July 2014) Catalogue: Bill Viola (Paris: Éditions de la Rèunion des musées nationaux, 2014), sous la direction de Jérôme Neutres, From 5 March to 21 July 2014 the Grand Palais in Paris presented the largest retrospective ever dedicated to the American artist […]

Cinema, postmedia, and resolutions

Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video edited by Ming-Yuen S. Ma and Erika Suderburg (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and Cinema and Postmedia: Contemporary Film Territories / Cinema e postmedia: I territory del filmico nel contemporaneo by Miriam De Rosa (Milano: Postmedia Press, 2013) provide two complementary perspectives on the moving image in the […]

Introduction to the audiovisual essay: A child of two mothers

by Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin The audiovisual essay is not a strict genre or a delimited form – it is the name for a burgeoning field of inquiry, research, and experimentation within academia and also beyond it; the expression of critical, analytical, and theoretical work using the resources of audiovisuality – images and […]

Paratheatre by Martin and Álvarez López

The Melbourne International Film Festival has commissioned a video essay series by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López titled Paratheatre – Plays Without Stages. This commission coincides with the festival’s special screening of Jacques Rivette’s 13-hour Out 1 – Noli me tangere (1971). Martin and Álvarez López have also published a written text-based essay on Paratheatre, […]