NECS 2010 ‘Urban Mediations’ and Acta publication

Just back from the 4th NECS Conference ‘Urban Mediations’, at the Kadir Has University in Istanbul. An inspiring event, with interesting keynotes by Saskia Sassen, Charlotte Bronsdon and Thomas Elsaesser. After the ESF exploratory workshop ‘Intermedialities: Theory, History, Practice’ which I co-organized with Ginette Verstraete in June 2009 in Amsterdam, we came back together again with quite a few participants of that workshop, to form two panels on intermediality, chaired by Antonio Somaini and Annika Wik. My own presentation was on the exhibition The Art of Fashion (Museum Boijmans, Roterdam) as a case in analyzing crossmedial exhibitions. Look for instance here for co-curator José Teunissen’s statement about the contribution by Viktor & Rolf. I spoke about the controversy over the concept of the exhibition, about the press having problems with such a cross-over between fashion and art, and about the frictions around stillness and movement within the exhibition and the marketing. Just right in time was the freshly released nr. 2 of the journal Acta Sapientiae Universitatis, Film Studies, of the Sapientia Hungarian University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, with the keynotes of last year’s workshop in Amsterdam, plus various added articles by the participants of the workshop, such as Jürgen Müller, Jens Schröter, Agnes Pethö, Yvonne Spielmann, Annika Wik, Antonio Somaini, and Klemens Gruber, and with an introduction by Ginette Verstraete. Agnes Pethö and Jens Schröter edited the number, in collaboration with Ginette Verstraete and me. I also added an article by myself, on framing in the work of Luchino Visconti, compared to early modern painting and cinema of the 1920s and 1930s. I particularly focused on the use of doors, windows and mobile framing.

~ by Ivo Blom on June 30, 2010.

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