Working group - contemporary artists’ cinema

Event time: 
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 4:30pm
212 York, room 106 See map
York Street
New Haven
Event description: 

Working Group: Contemporary Artists’ Cinema

We are delighted to invite you to join our second session of our working group on the contemporary explosion of artists’ cinema. This week we will watch and discuss films by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Basma Al-Sharif & Ana Vaz – whose work interrogate the narrative from an ecological, political and postcolonial perspective.  

Since the mid-90’s, artists have made claims upon cinema within the institutional context of the visual arts. Artists’ cinema is characterized simultaneously by the re-appropriation of cinematic tropes (narrative, projection, spectacle) and by a renewed concern for authenticity, in particular through the endorsement of the limited editions sale model and a restricted access economy. (Connolly 2009; Balsom 2014, 2017) Cinema continues to live by expanding beyond its habitual territories, and this relocation of cinema (Casetti 2015) requires a relocation of theoretical approaches. At the crossroad of the economies and aesthetics of the image, the line between cinema and gallery become blurred, as well as between the disciplines of film & media studies and history of art. Presented in various institutional contexts, from art museums to commercial galleries and film festivals, the artists who will be considered all have in common a formal engagement with cinema, and an adoption of the art market’s reassertion of rarity. By providing an overview of the current status of the field, we aim to inquire into a cinema that is fluid, continuously othered, and often of extremely restricted access – positing a challenge for both scholars and curators.

All are welcome to attend (with or without having read the readings)! Please write to to be added to the mailing list

Week 2: Interrogating the Narrative

Films by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Basma Al-Sharif & Ana Vaz

Suggested readings:

  • Olivier Marboeuf & Ana Vaz, Ana Vaz “Occidente”, Vdrome,
  • Mieke Bal, “Narrative” in Thinking in Film. The Politics of Video Installation According to Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Bloomsbury, London, 2013, p. 167-215.
  • Laura U. Marks, “Images in Motion, from Haptic Vision to Networked Space”, Hanan-al-Cinema. Affections for the Moving Image, MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015, p. 275-299.

Future topics (Mar. 1, Mar. 29, Apr. 5): Landscape & Environment, High & Low Resolution, Politics of Sound

With films by: Mike Marshall, Daniel Steegmann Mangrane, Carlos Casas, David Claerbout, Hito Steyerl, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Margaret Salmon, Albert Serra.