Yugoslav Experimental Film Symposium

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Event Location: 
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219
Date from: 
2018-02-10 09:30:00
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2018-02-10 17:30:00
Please join the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture and the Harriman Institute for a symposium on Yugoslav experimental film. The symposium focuses on the marginalized area of the experimental moving image, addressing alternative forms of film, video, and paracinema in the former Yugoslavia that both flourished and were erased from the official historical record. The history of experimental film in Yugoslavia is rich, layered and fragmented. It originated in the tradition of the so-called amateur film, practiced within cinema clubs across the former federation in the late 1950s and 1960s by active non-professional filmmakers focused almost exclusively on making narrative “alternative” films. It concluded with experimental films from the 1980s made in the framework of the “meta-media” paradigm and conceived as remediations. A key protagonist of this segmented history of experimental film in Yugoslavia is the Genre Experimental Film Festival (GEFF) established in Zagreb in 1963—the same year that the Ann Arbor Film festival was established in the United States—which introduced the influential concept of “anti-film” associated with the concrete and structural cinema. Other important fragments in the history of Yugoslav experimental film include the generation of young filmmakers and artists who grew out of the American “underground” cinema during the slow decline of Yugoslav ciné-clubs in the early 1970s and gathered around the Student Cultural Center in Belgrade, as well as the experiments in the framework of the “conceptual” paradigm that used the so-called new media—photography/slides, video, film, performance—and heritage of historic avant-gardes to fight the fossilized dogmas of modernism and to generate cultural critiques, created by artists in Zagreb and Belgrade in the mid and late 1970s.
For further information regarding this event, please contact Carly Jacksonby sending email to crj2116@columbia.edu or by calling 212 854 6217.
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Carly Jackson
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212 854 6217
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