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Workshop: Politics of the Amateur Image

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

Workshop: Politics of the Amateur Image


Saturday 29th April 2017, 2-4pm
Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI)

Participants: Noah Angell (artist, London), Linda Waak (FU Berlin)
Moderator: Lee Grieveson (UCL)

'Shooting the shooters: On filming the police'
The pervasive eyes of camera phones have brought visceral attention to the systemic violence of policing in the United States. Noah Angell will present video dispatches by anonymous witnesses and victims of police killings,* considering these videos as an emergent form of amateur film and as intimate indexes of confrontation with the law.
*None of the videos shown will include deaths caught on film.
'Visual microhistory: Towards an analytical framework for amateur film'
Looking at a cache of small-gauge amateur films from Nazi Germany, Linda Waak will draw upon Siegfried Kracauer's notion of history to offer a theoretical framework for the conceptualisation of small-scale findings in relation to large-scale structures. Negotiating the epistemological gap between the small and the large, her talk will develop what could be called a 'visual microhistory'.

This, the third and final, session of the 'Politics of the Amateur Image' workshop series will be moderated by media historian Lee Grieveson, author of the forthcoming book Cinema and the Wealth of Nations: Media, Capital, and the Liberal World System.

Sponsored by CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England); the event is free of charge and open to all.

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