CCC: Film & History in the Age of Godard
The Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam presents:
Cinema Clash Continuum: Film & History in the Age of Godard
Conference - Festival
28. March - 1. April, 2011
"Connecting one shot to another, a shot to a phrase, fresco, song, political speech, newsreel image or advertisement, etc., still means both staging a clash and framing a continuum. The time-space of the clash and the time-space of the continuum have, in fact, the same name: History. Disconnecting images from stories, Godard assumes, is connecting them so as to make History." (Jacques Rancière: ‘Godard, Hitchcock and the Cinematographic Image,’ in For Ever Godard, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007)
Now that we are eleven years into the 21st century, and our Middle Eastern colleagues and contemporaries, armed with nothing more then their mobile phones fight, win and propagate their battles on Tahrir Square and elsewhere, we sit in class at art school and ask ourselves questions about the end of ‘cinema’ as the most engaged art form of the 20th century. Mainstream film production rules the waves on private flat screens, while experimental cinema increasingly has to take refuge in ‘black boxes’ at biennials and other gatherings of the art world. It is nevertheless clear that a whole new generation of artists is rediscovering the Nouvelle Vague as an important source of inspiration. Is that because there is a potential for ‘new’ content to be found in ‘old’ cinematographic concepts ? Or are we simply nostalgic for the figure of the director as a mediator of the revolution because we are still unable to deal creatively with the ‘undisciplined’ democratic power of the new media?
The Rietveld Academie proposes
CINEMA CLASH CONTINUUM, Film and History in the Age of Godard
as a modus operandi for extensive reflection on Jean-Luc Godard’s films and those of many others, the cinematic medium in itself, its relation to ‘history’ and its connection with social media and contemporary artistic practices.
NINE INVITED CURATORS – NINE DIFFERENT SUB THEMES
28.March – 1.April.2011
The program from day to day :
CINEMA CLASH CONTINUUM: A Space To Move In.
Lectures & launch of two Dutch publications around Serge Daney.
Curated by Gabriëlle Schleijpen in collaboration with Solange de Boer
Guests: Pieter van Bogaert, Boris Buden, Mark Lewis, Eyal Sivan.
TOTALLY AGAINST GODARD POLITICS!
Rewriting History With Jonas Mekas And The Underground Cinema
Curated by Erik Viskil.
Guests: P. Adams Sitney, Gideon Bachmann, Pip Chodorov, Sarah Payton & Chris Teerink.
CINEMA – THIS, TELEVISION – THAT
Curated by ‘If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution’
in collaboration with Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Guests: Jean Fisher, Sven Lütticken, Ruth Noack, Snejanka Mihaylova.
CINEMA AND SOCIETY: WHERE HAVE THE SUBVERSIVES GONE?
Curated by Stefan Majakowsi
Guests : BAVO, Lech Kowalski, Jonas Staal, Miško Šuvaković
TOUT VA BIEN: SELF REFLEXIVITY AND CINÉMA VERITÉ
Curated by Martine Neddam
Guests: Annie Abrahams, Josephine Bosma, Calin Dan, Michael Uwemedimo
GIVE ME A BRAIN ! CLASH CONTINUUM SENSES OF CEREBRAL SCREENS
Curated by Patricia Pisters
Guests: Warren Neidich, Frans Verstraten, Sarah de Rijcke, Joachim Rotteveel, Krien Clevis, Gert de Graaff, Niels Tubbing, Abel Minnée, Jay Hetrick, Bregt Lameris, Jennifer Kanary Nikolova, Fernando Flores
QUASI-CINEMA: DEVIANT FORMS OF REPRESENTATION
Curated by Inti Guerrero
Guests: Victor Manuel Rodriguez, Marc Siegel, Susan Stryker, Juan A.Suarez, Ming Wong
CINEMA DEGREE ZERO
Curated by Jeffrey Babcock
Guests: Lee Ellickson, the Otolith Group, Miško Šuvaković
THE AND : PLACE OF ACTION
Curated by Doreen Mende
Guests: Filipa Cesar, Jean- Pierre Gorin, the Otolith Group, Catarina Simao
The conference is part of a year long program with lectures, screenings and seminars, culminating in a publication, edited and organized by Studium Generale Rietveld Academie (studiumgenerale.rietveldacademie.nl) the trans-disciplinary theory program of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
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