A Research Site Devoted to the Past and Future of Found Footage Film and Video

"The Literary and Artistic heritage of humanity should be used for partisan propaganda purposes." - Gil J. Wolman
“A lot of people who call themselves artists now are cultural critics who are using instruments other than just written language or spoken language to communicate their critical perspective.”
-Leslie Thornton

Friday, August 28, 2009

The New Charter

I'm back, fresh after completing and defending my thesis "The Work of Art in the Age of [Ctrl]-C: Digital Remixing and Contemporary Found Footage Film Practice." This 120 page tome was primarily devoted to drawing linkages between avant-garde found footage film aesthetics, the practices of the Soviet re-editors and the explosion of digital remixes on the Internet. During that period, this blog focused primarily on the American avant-garde and digital remixing on the net. That phase is now over and I will be continuing my research in some new directions.

First, I will be focusing more on contemporary video art, photography and other new media and practices of recycling, appropriation and adaptation. It will take some time to build the site to reflect these new directions, so I appreciate any advice, links, artists to watch and relevant news to post. I am moving into my Ph.D. at York University and am (at this juncture) looking at discourses and strategies of appropriation in contemporary art.

Second, I will focus less on simply posting videos and more on theories and philosophies of appropriation. I am also interested in manifestos, interviews, artists’ statements and reviews.

Third, I'm very interested in being a part of the larger network of individuals researching copyright issues, digital remixing and found footage film practice. I'm happy to link to other sites you either run or frequent and will take emails through my contact or in comments.

Because the blog is engineered to represent a chronological and continuous record of research as opposed to websites which are ordered by topic, I will also be updating recent gallery or museum openings around the US and Canada as I become aware of them. Anyone interested in publicizing events related to appropriation in art, film and video can email me.

Long Live the Recycled Cinema!



GVSU Film/Video said...
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GVSU Film/Video said...

Is your thesis available for reading anywhere? I would love to check it out. Also, are you familiar with the work Brigid Maher at American University is doing on "Smart Montage"? I don't believe she's published yet, but it's right up this alley, blending the intellectual montage of the Soviet editors with spatial montage as outlined by Manovich. Good stuff!
-Jen Proctor

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Eli Horwatt said...

Hi Jen,

I'd love to get more info from you off this blog. Can you email me @ ehorwatt@gmail.com


FallShortGlamour said...

I've been really enjoying your blog, Eli! I, too, would love to read your thesis if it is available anywhere! I'm working on found footage and the digital archive for my PhD and it is nice to know that there are others out there so passionate about this topic!