AEFIS-20: Experimental Film, Video Art, and the Borders of Cinema A British Society of Aesthetics Synergy Conference

Country: United Kingdom

City: London

Abstr. due: 03.07.2020

Dates: 05.11.20 — 06.11.20

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: aesthetics.film.studies@gmail.com

Organizers: Queen Mary University of London

 

This conference aims to highlight the contribution of experimental films and video art to contemporary culture. For this purpose, one should emphasize the way in which experimental films and works of video art differ from paradigmatic films, as well as the way in which experimental film and video art, as appreciative categories, differ from one another. The idea is to realize a synergy between, on the one hand, the research carried out in analytic aesthetics on notions such as appreciative category, art form, medium, and genre, and, on the other hand, the historical and stylistic research, as well as the artistic and critical practice, in the domains of experimental film and video art.

The conference is open to both individual papers or pre-constituted panels (with 3 speakers each and a chair).

In the case of individual papers, please submit abstracts between 500 and 1000 words (references included) together with a title and 5 keywords. Submissions should be done as PDF files prepared for blind review. Thus, please just indicate "see PDF" in the "Title" and "Abstract" fields of the EasyChair form.

In the case of pre-constituted panels, the conveners are asked to submit a panel proposal including the title, a 300- to 500-word justification for the panel and 300- to 500-word abstracts (references included) for each of the three presentations making up the panel accompanied by a title and 5 keywords. Also included should be names and institutional affiliation for the three presenters and the name, institutional affiliation, contact details, and institutional affiliation for the chair. Panel conveners will be also requested to conform to the Good Practice Policy making sure that at least two of the panellists (including the convener/chair) are female.

Speakers will be notified of decisions by Friday July 31. There will be no conference fees. Upon selection, it will be possible to apply for bursaries for early career researchers.

List of Topics

  • What distinguishes experimental films and works of video art from paradigmatic films?
  • What distinguishes experimental film from video art?   
  • How are experimental film and video art are related to domains of contemporary art such as conceptual art, performance art, installation art?
  • Where should we appreciate experimental films and works of video art? In movie theaters or in art galleries? How does the screening-location bear upon appreciation?   
  • Experimental film and video art as challenges to film definitions   
  • The effects of the transition from analogical to digital technologies in experimental film and video art   
  • The role of sound and music in experimental film and video art   
  • Abstract moving images in experimental film and video art   
  • The (missing) place of narrative in experimental film and video art   
  • Paradigmatic experimental films and works of video art that help us to better understand the categories to which they belong.    The role of perception, imagination, and emotions in experimental film and video art   
  • Which categories of art (e.g. genre, subgenre, medium, artform), are the most appropriate to conceptualize experimental film and video art?   
  • Possible intersections with other genres/art forms: documentary, amateur film, advertising, videoclip, videogames.   
  • Specific movements in experimental film and video art.   
  • Notable artists in experimental film and video art (e.g. Maya Deren, Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Malcolm Le Grice, Péter Forgács, Bill Viola, Shirin Neshat, Nam June Paik, Richard Serra, Matthew Barney).   
  • National traditions in experimental film and video art.   
  • The relevance of gender/race/class/ethnicity/sexuality in experimental filmmaking and video art.

Conference Web-Site: https://aestheticsfilmstudies.weebly.com