P32
The Image in Motion: Photofilm and Visual Ethnographies

Convenors:
Susanne Hammacher (Übersee-Museum Bremen)
Location:
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Start time:
29 May, 2014 at 15:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Photofilm (combination of still-photography with at least one other medium such as sound, music, video, animation or graphics), albums, exhibitions and curated collections made by anthropologists, photographers or cultural theorists [such as Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas, ‘The Family of Man' (MoMA 1955, Edward Steichen), Salgado's Genesis, or the Golden Disk – Messages from Earth (NASA Voyager)] create human knowledge and narratives by creating neighbourhoods of images; in the way images influence one another they relate to the fluid meaning of cinematographic image montage.

Long abstract:

The panel invites practical contributions such as contemporary Photofilms as well documentaries, which recontextualize archival images to create a new narrative or ethnography. Films to be discussed: Dead and Devil. Peter Nestler, 2009, 55 mins Peter Nestler embarks on a historical journey in search of his grandfather Eric van Rosen, an ethnographer, explorer and adventerer. The video essay about the expeditions of Eric von Rosen is illustrated with photographs he took, texts, diaries and letters. The Archive of Memory. Eric Breibart, 2003, 25 mins Aby Warburg, cultural theorist and art historian dedicated much of his life to one grand project: an art history without a text, told entirely through images. His Mnemosyne was creating neighbourhoods of images, of disparate origin: art reproductions, advertisements, maps, newspaper clippings, personal photographs - a kind of the Flickr of early 20th century. The provisional arrangement of the Atlas, and his feel for the way images influence one another relate to the fluid meaning of cinematographic image montage.