Images have never been as freely circulated as they are today. They have also never been so tightly controlled. As with the birth of photography, digital reproduction has created new possibilities for the duplication and consumption of images, offering greater dissemination and access, but also stoked anxieties concerning authenticity and ownership. How have artists engaging with the moving image navigated this ambivalence of reproducibility, both historically and in the contemporary moment? What might the history of the moving image in art look like if retold through the lens of circulation?
Book presentation: Erika Balsom, After Uniqueness. A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation (Columbia University Press, 2017)
Followed by a conversation between Erika Balsom and Isabella Reicher
Erika Balsom is senior lecturer in film studies and liberal arts at King’s College London, focusing on the history of the moving image in art and experimental documentary practices. Her most recent book, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, was published by Columbia University Press this spring. She is author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to the magazines Artforum and Sight and Sound.
Isabella Reicher studied film and television studies, is a film critic and freelance writer and also works for the Austrian film distributor sixpackfilm; she lives in Vienna.
The event will be held in English.