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NAVIGATING THE ABUNDANCE: CURATION AND PROGRAMMING IN THE AGE OF RELOCATED CINEMA

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

At a press conference back in 1988, Godard remarked that ‘distribution has superseded film production in importance.’ And indeed, three decades on it is much more what is found and seen rather that what is being made that matters in the world of film.

Cinema is experiencing an unprecedented ‘relocation’ these days. Today, films are more accessible than ever before. An unprecedented number of previously ‘unattainable texts’ (Bellour) are available in the public space. Yet only a fraction of those are seen and experienced. The viewing choices of many are poorer than ever; viewers are at a loss in finding quality material. It is not difficult to come across instances where ‘content’ of dubious aesthetic quality is being pushed at the ‘users’ by the ‘platform’. In such situation, navigation becomes particularly important. This is where cinephiles academics and public intellectuals may have a role to play.

This workshop will focus on the specifics of programming and curation as tools of unveiling unseen cinema in the age of overabundance. It will aim to open up discussion on general questions related to developing new navigation practices – current and future – that we need in order to ensure the discovery of available but little seen film material.  We will propose that the main task of curating nowadays is to navigate (over-)abundance. We will aim to explore how curating differs from two other models prevalent in our digitally networked culture: recommendation by algorithm (Amazon, Netflix etc) and database retrieval. How can we create and protect spaces of discovery and unexpected encounters? How do we facilitate chance and openness?

 

SPEAKERS:

Azize Tan, former director of the Istanbul International Festival. Consultant/Baska Cinema. Istanbul/Edinburgh.

Sarah Smyth, marketing and programming director of festivals in Ireland. St Andrews University.

Malte Hagener, Professor at the U of Marburg. Specialist on film culture and film theory.

Dina Iordanova, Professor at the University of St Andrews.

 

 

Details

Date:
February 14
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Organizer

Prof Dina Iordanova
Phone:
01334 467474
Email:
di1@st-andrews.ac.uk

Venue

Arts Seminar room 5
Arts Building, The Scores
St Andrews,
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