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Teaching the materiality of film


Lameris, Bregt; Flückiger, Barbara (2019). Teaching the materiality of film. The Moving Image, 19(1):93-101.

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In this Forum article, we present a critical case study of the seminar Materiality of Film, which we taught at the Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich, in 2016 and 2018, in collaboration with David Landolf and Brigitte Paulowitz of Lichtspiel/Kinemathek in Bern, Switzerland. Our primary motivation to develop this course was our own fascination with the material side of analog film, an interest we developed throughout our professional lives, Bregt Lameris as a cataloger and researcher at the EYE Filmmuseum and Barbara Flueckiger as a film technician in international film production. These experiences fed into our academic work, which is characterized by an emphasis and reflection on the correlations between film material, technology, aesthetics, and historiography. However, we felt that students were lacking this awareness of the material side of film and its importance for the way its objects are shaped and used. This lack has increased in recent years, since most of the current generation of students have never seen or touched a filmstrip owing to the predominance of digital projection in cinemas. Since we consider it pivotal for our students’ understanding of twentieth-century cinematographic culture to know, feel, and touch the history of film before the transition to digital technology, we decided to develop this course. We wish to make clear that we do not aim to train future archivists but to educate film scholars with a deeper understanding of the material side of their objects of study [...].

Abstract

In this Forum article, we present a critical case study of the seminar Materiality of Film, which we taught at the Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich, in 2016 and 2018, in collaboration with David Landolf and Brigitte Paulowitz of Lichtspiel/Kinemathek in Bern, Switzerland. Our primary motivation to develop this course was our own fascination with the material side of analog film, an interest we developed throughout our professional lives, Bregt Lameris as a cataloger and researcher at the EYE Filmmuseum and Barbara Flueckiger as a film technician in international film production. These experiences fed into our academic work, which is characterized by an emphasis and reflection on the correlations between film material, technology, aesthetics, and historiography. However, we felt that students were lacking this awareness of the material side of film and its importance for the way its objects are shaped and used. This lack has increased in recent years, since most of the current generation of students have never seen or touched a filmstrip owing to the predominance of digital projection in cinemas. Since we consider it pivotal for our students’ understanding of twentieth-century cinematographic culture to know, feel, and touch the history of film before the transition to digital technology, we decided to develop this course. We wish to make clear that we do not aim to train future archivists but to educate film scholars with a deeper understanding of the material side of their objects of study [...].

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
900 History
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Conservation
Social Sciences & Humanities > Visual Arts and Performing Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Film, Materialität
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:18 Nov 2020 08:52
Last Modified:19 Nov 2020 21:00
Publisher:University of Minnesota Press
ISSN:1542-4235
Additional Information:Für UZH-Angehörige via VPN online zugänglich: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/758782
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5749/movingimage.19.1.0093
Official URL:https://muse.jhu.edu/article/758782
Project Information:
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID670446
  • : Project TitleFilm Colors. An Interdisciplinary Approach.

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