AAH10 - The Discursive Space in Artists' Films

full name / name of organization: 
Association of Art Historians
contact email: 
sarah.neely@stir.ac.uk

AAH10 CONFERENCE  

University of Glasgow

15 – 17 APRIL 2010

The
36th ASSOCIATION OF ART HISTORIANS Annual Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS  

 

Session Title: The Discursive Space of Artists’ Films

 

Session
Convenors

Sarah Smith,
Glasgow School of Art, sa.smith@gsa.ac.uk

Sarah Neely,
University of Stirling, sarah.neely@stir.ac.uk

Maeve Connolly,
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Maeve.Connolly@iadt.ie

 

More
than ever before artists working with the moving image are directly enlisting
the attributes of conventional narrative cinema, both in terms of production
and exhibition.  Such borrowings
include direct sampling and imitation, but also exceed an engagement with
pre-existing films to develop original scenarios that employ a range of
features formerly the preserve of the cinematic.  Causal narration, mise-en-scène
and working with actors, for instance, are increasingly common aspects of
artists’ films. Gallery-specific screening formats, such as multi-screen,
looping and installation practices persist, but now frequently combine with
‘black box’ and large-scale projection, reminiscent of the cinematic spectacle.

Despite
the pervasiveness of moving image art, the study of artists’ films (especially
those that draw on cinema) sits awkwardly within the academy.  Traditionally the remit of art history,
this work’s affinity with experimental film and interrogation of dominant
cinema has led to an increasing interest from film studies scholars.  Indeed, we propose that a fusion of the
theoretical frameworks developed separately by film theory and art criticism
provides a productive interdisciplinary framework appropriate to the study of
this body of work.

We
invite papers that advance our understanding of the critical situation of
cinema-influenced artists’ films within the academy and the related
institutions of art and cinema. 
This session is linked to a Glasgow International screening event,
curated by the session convenors, which presents a number of representative
artists’ films to enhance our critical exploration of this prevalent area of
contemporary visual art practice.

If you would like to offer a paper, please
contact the session convenors directly, providing an abstract of your proposed
paper in no more than 250 words, your name and institutional affiliation
(if any).

 

Paper Proposal Deadline: 9TH November
2009

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: http://aah.org.uk/future-conferences/2010.php

cfp categories: 
film_and_television