21.09.2018, 09.00-19.00, Kunsthalle Zürich und Kino Xenix

Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition.
Workshop with Dr. Erika Balsom

moderated by Fabienne Liptay, Carla Gabriela Engler and Laura Walde

The workshop invites young researchers and people working in the fields of media and the arts to discuss questions of the circulation, distribution, and exhibition of films in relation to their format. Whether a film can be seen in a theatre, on television, in a museum, or at a festival depends especially on whether its format is compatible with the given prerequisites. Formats, however, not only determine the technical requirements under which the media operate, they also provide the conditions under which films circulate within a variety of institutional and discursive, social and political contexts.

What is the relevance of the concept of the medium in relation to questions of circulation and exhibition? What is the relationship between the terms «medium» and «format»? Does digitization vitiate medium specificity? Why has the methodological shift to questions of circulation and exhibition occurred and does it spell an end for ontological inquiry?

How does the presence of the moving image in the museum illuminate contemporary problems of film theory, and how can the methods and concepts of film theory help to account for the presence of the moving image in the museum? What problems and opportunities emerge from this cinematic migration? What relationships exist between contemporary artists’ moving image practice and the historical modes of production, distribution, and exhibition proper to experimental film?

Organised as part of the exhibition and science festival «100 Ways of Thinking» at Kunsthalle Zürich, in cooperation with Cinema Xenix and Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie (ZKK) at the University of Zurich.

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

Workshop with Erika Balsom, Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition, 2018 (Foto: Simone Winkler)

09.30-11.00, Kino Xenix
Film screening with an introduction by Erika Balsom
Michael Snow, Wavelength, Canada 1967, 16mm, 45 min., and WVLNT (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time), Canada 2003, Video, 15 min.

12.00-13.30, Kunsthalle Zürich
Lecture by Erika Balsom
Instant Failure: Polaroid’s Polavision and the Question of Format

Dr. Erika Balsom is a senior lecturer in Film Studies 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 in 2017. She is author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Sight and Sound. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grey Room, e-flux, Cinema Journal, and numerous exhibition catalogues. In summer 2017, she was international film curator in residence at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Zealand, and in 2018 her essay «Instant Failure: Polaroid’s Polavision, 1977-80» was the winner of the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.