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Navigating the abundance: curation and programming in the age of relocated cinema

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Cinema is experiencing an unprecedented ‘relocation’ these days. Films are more accessible than ever before, yet only a fraction are seen and experienced. The viewing choices of many are poorer than ever; viewers are at a loss in finding quality material. Often ‘content’ of dubious aesthetic quality is being pushed at the ‘users’ by the ‘platform’. In such situation, cinephile academics and public intellectuals may need to assist the navigation.
Presenter
Prof Malte Hagener, Azize Tan, Prof Dina Iordanova, Sarah Smith
Type
Seminar, Workshop
Open to
Postgraduates, Staff
Date
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Time
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where
Arts Seminar Room 5
Contact
Prof Dina Iordanova
Email
di1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/filmstudies/event/navigating-the-abundance-curation-and-programming-in-the-age-of-relocated-cinema/
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This workshop will propose that the main task of curating nowadays is to navigate (over-)abundance. It will position the practice of curation as a tool of unveiling unseen cinema in the age of overabundance. What navigation practices do we need to ensure the discovery of available but little seen film material? We will explore how curating differs from other models prevalent in our digitally networked culture: recommendation by algorithm (Amazon, Netflix) and database retrieval. How can we create and protect spaces of discovery and unexpected encounters? How do we facilitate chance and openness? Speakers for this event are Malte Hagener, Professor at the University of Marburg and Specialist on film culture and film theory; Dina Iordanova, Professor in the University's Film Department; Azize Tan, former director of the Istanbul International Festival and Consultant/Baska Cinema Istanbul/Edinburgh; and Sarah Smyth, marketing and programming director of festivals in Ireland at St Andrews.

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