THE DAPHNE MAYO LECTURE 2014 – Cinema After Film: A Poetics of Obsolescence?

WHEN : 8th October, 6:00pm
WHERE : University of Queensland Art Museum

This lecture examines the increasingly strategic role played by art spaces in the preservation and promotion of a certain idea of ‘cinema’. Museums and galleries have to stake their claim to be the guardians of cinema as cultural memory and the patrons of moving image installations in the face of the easy accessibility of the filmic heritage and ever more ubiquitous availability. The new alliances between filmmakers, curators and major institutions have favoured media–archaeological perspectives on ‘cinema after film’ that give obsolescence its special status as a gesture of both recovery and resistance. The lecture will be illustrated with examples drawn from the emerging field of artists’ cinema.

Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam and, since 2013, Visiting Professor at Columbia University. He has authored, edited, and co-edited, some twenty volumes on early cinema, film theory, German and European cinema, Hollywood, new media and installation art. His books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Hebrew, Korean and Chinese. His recent publications include Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses, with Malte Hagener (Routledge, 2010), The Persistence of Hollywood (Routledge, 2012), and German Cinema–Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory since 1945 (Routledge, 2013)


Thomas Elsaesser
Professor Emeritus, Department of Media and Culture
University of Amsterdam

Wednesday 8 October 6.00 pm
ICTE Auditorium, Sir Llew Edwards Building

Free. All welcome.
Bookings essential as numbers are limited
Refreshments will be served, after the lecture, in the foyer of the UQ Art Museum.
(07) 3365 3046
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