Film and Screen Media Research Seminar
Dr Catherine Grant (Sussex) - Film and Screen Media Research Seminar, 4pm Monday 6 February
In much of the last decade, I have been exploring the production and circulation of user-generated media forms, like blogs and online video, through personal and professional practice in the contexts of film research and scholarship, and digital cinephile culture. One of the kinds of content that I, along with many others, have been drawn to producing are short tribute videos to stars/celebrities who have (just) died. I will show and discuss some of these videos, and reflect on their tributary forms and energies in the contexts both of related, earlier work by artists, such as Joseph Cornell (Rose Hobart, 1936, USA, 19 mins.), Bruce Conner (Marilyn Times Five, 1973, USA, 12 mins.), Mehrnaz Saeedvafa (Jerry and Me, 2012, USA, 38 mins.), and Mark Rappaport, and by scholars, such as Laura Mulvey (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (remix remixed 2013), UK, 2013, 3 mins. 32 seconds), as well as of the adoption of creative critical modes (including audiovisual / videographic ones) in research and teaching in contemporary film and moving image studies.
Dr Catherine Grant teaches and researches film studies at the University of Sussex (UK). She has published widely on theories and practices of film authorship and intertextuality, and has edited volumes on world cinema, Latin American cinema, digital film and media studies, and the audiovisual essay. A prolific video essayist as well as a pioneering publisher and curator of such works (including at Film Studies For Free and Audiovisualcy), she is founding co-editor of the first peer-reviewed publication for audiovisual essays on film and media studies topics, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, which was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award of Distinction for 2015.