The Found Footage Open Forum is the first of a new series of events to showcase the creative work-in-progress of research students. This event will feature contributions from research students, who will discuss their own experience of working with found footage in academic and artistic contexts. Above all, the event will provide a critical forum for conversation and exchange, and an open platform for practitioners to introduce themselves and their work and engage in discussion about found footage and the archive.
Colm McAuliffe presents Radical Broadcasts: Re-Screening the Archive, a ten-minute essay film which presents archive television in an entirely new fashion: the essay film will be comprised of clips featuring a constellation of names, ideas and brands — David Frost, The Yippies, Raymond Williams, Colin MacCabe, advertisements for Lemsip and continuity announcements — each of which signify wildly differing yet intersectional aspects of our contemporary culture. The essay film promises to provide a unique texture of the culture of the era through the medium of television. The film will also feature sporadic text-interruptions from Raymond Williams’ texts on television and his concept of flow.
This creative use of the archive considers: what effect did the broadcast, circulation and re-screening, through curation of the archive, of this flow of information have on contemporary cultural debates? How are culturally historical concepts from our recent past appropriated and deployed when curated and presented in the contemporary present? And what is the cultural legacy of radical television programming?
Miranda Pennell studied contemporary dance before she started working with the moving image. Pennell’s award-winning films exploring performance and choreography have been widely screened and broadcast internationally. Pennell’s current moving-image work uses photographic archives as the starting point for a reflection on the colonial imaginary. Miranda will disucss the research behind her latest film Strange Object which is available online now via BFI Player (at no charge) until October 18th. Strange Object synopsis: The ‘Z’ Unit’s operation in a world far from our own was an experiment of sorts, a test. And this place, inhabited by beings different from ourselves, served as a laboratory. A successful outcome would secure the Z Unit’s future, enabling its enterprise to expand and its methods to be applied to other lands. An investigation of imperial image-making, and destruction.
Russell Banfield presents a screening of The Drowned Man, a 14-minute film constructed using footage from a number of film noirs featuring Sterling Hayden. The film weaves this repurposed material into a noir narrative of a man haunted by his past. This work is also a piece of research by film practice, exploring the gap (or absence) between the end of the classical period of film noir and its rebirth as neo noir, its narrative conventions and representations of masculinity, and the screen persona of Sterling Hayden himself.
Dr. Rachel Moore convenes the MA in Film and Screen Studies and is head of the intercollegiate University of London Screen Studies Group. Her research covers early film history and theory; the historical and contemporary avant garde. The relationship of these to modern society charted via the theories of the College of Sociology and the Frankfurt School (both loosely defined). Rachel is also a participant in the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.
This event was supported by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.