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Cut N Paste CFP on Poetics and Politics of Doco

Research symposium: Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film – Building Bridges between the Theory and Practice of Documentary Film
April 22 – 24, 2013 Aalto University, ARTS, ELO Helsinki Film School, Finland

The Aalto University ELO Helsinki Film School (Department of Film, Television and Scenography, School of Arts, Design and Architecture) will host a symposium on the relationship between theory and practice in documentary film. The objective of the symposium is to build bridges between the practice and theory of documentary film.
The symposium seeks to find ways to “theorise within” film instead of “theorising about” it. Theory can be understood as an active tool in catalysing the new politics and poetics in the practice of documentary filmmaking.

The main objective of the symposium is to further promote dialogue between the new and emerging field of practice-based research and the traditional academic film studies on documentary film. The symposium will provide a forum for discussions on the possibilities and approaches related to practice-based research and the theorising that stems from artistic work. The symposium will create important opportunities for networking for all interested in conceptual approaches in documentary film, whether practice or theory based.

The international keynote speakers are leading scholars in the area of documentary film theory. The Vietnamese-American filmmaker and theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha and the British film scholar and filmmaker Brian Winston will both reflect on questions of the synergies and connections between theory and practice.

We are pleased to announce a call for papers and presentations. We are open both for research and scholarly papers but also presentations of art projects accompanied by a paper describing a research element connected to the art project. The call is aimed especially at researchers working on art-based research projects but we are also open for papers from the wider range of film studies on documentary film. The time allotted for scholarly papers is 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion. Presentations including presentations of art projects (or part of them) can be 45 minutes + 15 minutes discussion.

Possible topics for papers and practice-based research presentations include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

1. The New Theory of Documentary Film: Theorizing within
– Papers or presentations related to the dilemmas, methods and possibilities of practice-based research. How can art projects be expressions of theory or part of the process of researching film? Does practice based theory and research need new strategies and styles of writing theory?

2. The New Poetics of Documentary Film
- Papers or presentations on questions related to stylistic, aesthetic or formalistic questions in documentary film. This forum provides an arena for discussions on a variety of topics on the poetic in relation to the myriad sub genres, strategies and modes of tradition of documentary film or new strategies of expression in contemporary documentary film.

3. The New Practices of Documentary Film
- Papers or presentations on the questions of new and emerging areas and practices in the field of documentary film production, technology, distribution or other areas of film production as well as on new ways of understanding the role of documentary film practice and the use of it in wider contexts, including the political, social or other arenas.

4. The New Politics of Documentary Film
– Papers or presentations dealing with the rhetoric of the new political documentary film, the new ways of understanding the political in documentary film, and the different implications of the political in relation to the social, ethnic, gender or other questions.

Please send your proposals (1 page synopsis, max. 400 words, and short bio) to kirsi.rinne@aalto.fi by January 31, 2013. You will be contacted by the conference organisers by February 28, 2013.

The conference fee is 85 euros including lunches, coffees and one reception. The conference website will be available at the end of January 2013 with an updated program and information on registration, travelling and accommodation.

Conference committee: Professor Susanna Helke (Aalto ARTS), researcher Ilona Hongisto (Univ. of Turku), researcher Jouko Aaltonen (Aalto ARTS), coordinator Kirsi Rinne (Aalto ARTS).

For further inquiries, please contact
Susanna Helke, professor of documentary film, susanna.helke@aalto.fi
Kirsi Rinne, coordinator, kirsi.rinne@aalto.fi

Video Vortex 8 Details

Below is straight cut and paste from the email announcement. Would very much like to be able to contribute to this but May is a very difficult time to get away. Did it this year for DNA and it really stuffed up the end of Integrated Media. But for others, this should be an excellent event:

Video Vortex #8 The Politics, Cultures and Art of Online Video

The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia

May 17th-19th, 2012


We are pleased to announce that the 8th edition of Video Vortex will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, between the 17th and the 19th of May, 2012. So far Video Vortex has taken place twice in Brussels and Amsterdam and once in Ankara, Split and Yogyakarta. The Video Vortex network was founded in in 2007 and deals with the cultural, political and artistics aspects of online video. Video Vortex 8 is organized by the Kazimir Association in Split and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.

The moving image and the Internet are still defining the parameters of their mutual relationship. The conference will focus on issues concerning changes in contemporary art and cinema as well as broader cultural, social and technological issues.

Video Vortex 8 will consist of a conference, an exhibition, screenings and performances. This call pertains to the conference. Artists who will present work at the conference will also be included in the accompanying exhibition. If you have an idea for an alternative way to present your work on one of the themes below please let us know. For all themes we expect up to a 500-word abstract while for artist presentations we would like also to receive documentation via URL.


1. Contemporary art and online video

Museums which follow and present ontemporary Art as well as Centres for Art, Media and Technology have specific contexts in which they present and preserve the moving image in the 21st century. Spatial issues and exclusivity are put in relation to the constant virtual presence of artwork. Fast changing technologies are undermining the very sense of the preservation of the moving image in an online context.

2. Theoretical discourses and online video.

Concepts related to the aesthetics and structure of the moving image. Including, but not limited to, online-only production, torrent-based original programming, YouTube-centered narrative and artwork, community-funded cinema and scholarship in an online environment.

3. Social networks and online video in the region.

Reports on new the discourses of online video in Middle and Southeast Europe.

4. Techno-colonialism, surveillance and control of the distribution of the moving image.

Shutting down or channelling online video. The possibility of stealing the online-originating revolutions in North Africa. The technological dominance and control of worldviews and basic human value systems. The speed of communication and what is left to those isolated from it.

5. The perspective of online cinema.

The relationship between film and the Internet. What is happening to independent cinema due to technical accessibility and online quality in the making, producing and distribution of films? Do we see specific new film forms in the online environment? The end of 35mm film. How does digital cinema distribution work, from DCP (Digital Cinema Package) passwords to open online video/film collections or cinematic databases?

6. Artists talk about their own work and research in online video.

Presentations of artistic practices related to the Internet from artists participating in the exhibition which runs concurrently with the conference. These practices include working on the web and using the web as a medium and using the Internet as found footage; in other words, it is channeling the art process through Internet-based communication. Other topics could include the Internet as a public presentation venue for artists and discussions about curating online.

7. Technological aspects of new developments in participatory video.

The moving image on the Internet has opened itself to tagging, telepresence and social communication. Can it still open itself further through visual browsers and HTML5? With HTML5 authors can script their own user interface, but there is also a way to trigger a user interface provided by the user agent – is this a seed for a new manner of online video communication? Does it indicate developments of open personalization and/or the further fragmentation of users? Other issues could include technologies of the private and the public spheres.

Practical information:

The deadline of submission of proposals and abstracts is 20th January, 2012. Proposals and questions should be addressed to Brian Willems: brianwillems at gmail dot com.

The conference itself is free and if possible the presenters or institutions to which they are attached should take care of the travel and accommodation expenses.

Interactive Digital Storytelling

Third International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling. Endinburgh (a damn beautiful city, though I’m told Glasgow is where the action is). This would be an interesting conference to get to. No money in the institution, so won’t be trying to get there, but will keep an eye on the site to see the sorts of material it attracts and that gets presented. Be a good place to present some stuff on online video narrative, and so on.