Spring Seminar: On Cinema


This seminar intends to be a forum for the discussion of new practices of researching film. The past two decades saw a change in Cinema’s forms of experience and production, which require a search for new vocabularies to access what is at stake in this “new cinema” as well as new methodologies for its study.

The seminar arises from the need to think how film culture has evolved in the past decades, how its aesthetical experience has changed, and how we can characterize it in the present. Given this scope, the seminar focuses on three large-scale areas:

1. The relation between Cinema and the Arts:

  1. a)  The intersection of film and visual arts: the presence of cinema in art-exhibition galleries demands a critical reflexion on new genres of exhibition (and on the curatorial practices associated with it) that take cinema out of the theatre into the art-exhibition space. On the other hand, the contrary movement from to the white cube into the cinema theatre (the so called artist films) also demands reflection and further research. In short: how do we see, understand and experience images in the cross-field of cinema and the so-called “contemporary visual arts”?;
  2. b)  The intersection of cinema and literature and the written word. How are both mutually influenced? What is the presence of cinematic elements in literature and vice-versa?

2. The new paths of contemporary cinema: based on hybrid forms and genre blending, and the new vocabularies for film research, such as: body and sensory experience; non-human and the role of nature in our complex world; slow time and slow cinema in a fast and technological planet (durational films and the new realism); the post-colonial thinking in today’s world cinema; realism; etc.

3. The cinema-essay. In a visual-centred world, we observe new models for using moving images for pedagogical as well for researching cinema. In these terms, there is the important role of the digital audio-visual essay. Is it a valid way for investigating cinema? Can it be compared to traditional forms of written research?

Conference committee: Nuno Crespo, Daniel Ribas, João Pedro Amorim, Pedro Alves (EA-UCP); Rosa Maria Martelo, Elisabete Marques (ICML-UP)
A joint organization: CITAR (EA-UCP) and ILCML (FLUP)


The program:
On Cinema – Spring Seminar – Program