Lecture 02: Abstract Film

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[Len Lye, frames from Trade Tattoo, 1957]

This lecture examines early modernists’ approaches to film as a medium. Specifically, it discusses the conceptual areas tackled by abstract films and animation. The lecture tentatively follows Greenberg’s ‘medium specificity argument’ to explore these experiments in identifying the characteristics of film as a physical material. Looking through these examples, we ask: what are the material characteristics of film explored? How do abstract films and animation play on the medium specificities? How do they compel practitioners and audience question the film medium? What is their legacy today?

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Lecture 01: History of Alternative Cinema and Contemporary Experimental Screen

[Tacita Dean: Film. The Unilever Series, Tate Modern, London]

This introductory lecture provides essential information on how the subject’s aims and learning outcomes are achieved through its lecture series, workshops, and assessment tasks. It provides an overview of experimental practices in screen. Specifically, we ask: what is experimental practice? Why experimental practice? We approach these questions by exploring the role of experimentation in the context of avant-garde cinema and contemporary screen practices, and in particular, we will examine the idea of medium materiality.

Download lecture slides: MEDA201_2018_Lecture01 (please note that this contains some slides missing in the original presentation).