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Title: Places of projection :Re-contextualising experimental film canon.
Author: Zoller, Maximiliane
ISNI:       0000 0004 2680 3047
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This study re-examines the European experimental film canon by investigating its original contexts of presentation. It seeks to unearth the un-recognised places of experimental film projection, its relationship to mainstream cinema in the 1920s, its significance in the amateur and underground scene and its connection to video art and 'institutional critique' in the 1960s, and finally its canonisation in the modern art museum of the 1970s and 1990s. This analysis will show that there is a constant dialogue between institutional context, mode of presentation and film text, in brief, between projection, space and form. It seeks to question the classical avant-garde film canon, which confines experimental film to the rigid parameters of Greenbergian Modernism, formalism and medium specificity. Quite literally, this study looks at where and how experimental film projection was presented. It aims to disclose the relationship between technology and the body in order to subsequently locate experimental film within its wider cultural frame. Hence, it re-interprets the artwork as a product of its contextual circumstances, rather than the autonomous 'brainchild' of an individual filmmaker. In the light an everexpanding art system and a profound re-reading of Western Modernism in favour of dispersed and global Modernisms, a re-writing of experimental film history is overdue. Film's flexible format and its cultural origin, not in the fine arts, but in popular entertainment, calls for a questioning of its definition as an autonomous modernist art form. This study thus seeks to challenge the modernist paradigm and offers are-reading of experimental film as a symptom of cultural transformations.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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