Moving Images - Imagined Movements: Mobility in/of Film

Moving Images - Imagined Movements: Mobility in/of Film

Vienna, Austria, 28. February - 1. March 2013

6th NECS Graduate Workshop
Hosted by the Department of Theatre-, Film- and Media Studies – University of Vienna
Organized by the NECS Graduate Workshop Committee

Travel as a motif in film or hypermobility through cyberspace, displayed mobility or migration in movies are some keywords about the fascination film shows since its beginnings for distant and far places. At the same time mobile cinema knows important developments, favoring not only a mobile consumption of movies but also the production of medial forms whose prerogatives lie in the connection with the spatial dimension and the movement throughout it. In examining the quest of mobility, what social shifts can be detected through contemporary media products (films, reality television shows, advertisements, the internet, video games, etc) and sociocultural practices?

Cinema developments are accomplished in parallel with technical innovations of modernity and postmodernity, harmonizing the bound linking the seventh art and the idea of mobility with the articulation of new forms of perception. In fact, both movement itself as well as the movement of the cinema apparatus changed and influenced the viewer, production and distribution strategies. This twofold phenomenon reached its peak in the daily flood of images that flicker on the Internet and in our everyday life. An explosion of movement opened a new “off-cinema apparatus” and gave birth to new cinematic modes. These modes raise questions about the representation of mobility in film and the consequences of mobility of film: what are the new forms of perception brought out by the essential connection between space and mobility? And on a most pragmatical level, are there new movements in cinema embracing ideas about how film could or should be produced and distributed? In a context as the contemporary mediascape featuring a high degree and a multifaceted mobility, what are the engagements between the filmic element, space and identity?

Focusing on moving images and imagined movements potential topics could refer (but are not limited) to:

Representational modes:

Migration, diaspora, cinetourism, displacement, thematized by means of fictional, documentary audiovisual products or social media.


Pragmatical modes:

Consumption in mobility/mobile fruition, locative media, mobile connectivity, mapping, audiovisual/media geography, media platform, mobile surveillance.




Thursday, 28 February 2013

(Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft - Jura-Soyfer-Saal)

16:00-16:30 Welcome speech by Nicole Kandioler (University of Vienna); introduction to the workshop topic by Alena Strohmaier (NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies).

16:30-18:00 On the aesthetic of movement in contemporary avant-garde film and video Keynote speech by d.phil. Gregory de Cuir, Jr (Faculty of Dramatic Arts Belgrade), selector/programmer of Alternative Film/Video Belgrade. Film and video screenings – selection by Gregory  de Cuir, Jr.

18:00-18:45 Pirate Cinema: An Installation about Cinema and Mobility - d.phil. Miriam De Rosa (Catholic University of Milan; co-organizer of the workshop) talks with artist Ehsan Fardjadniya (Skype session).

18:45-19:30 Discussion

19:30 Drink


Friday, 1 March 2013

(Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft - Jura-Soyfer-Saal)

09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration


Morning Sessions

09:30-11:00 Framing Mobility (Chair: Miriam De Rosa)

  • Uschi Feldges (University of Vienna) - Is there a flâneur-film? Film as an artistic research strategy to explore urban scapes. (Respondent:Julia Wiegele)
  • Julia Wiegele (University of Vienna) - 'Looking at' and 'listening to' the city: the experience of 'dérive' and the role of the imagination. (Respondent: Uschi Feldges)


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-13:00 Framing Mobility (Chair: Miriam De Rosa)

  • Heath Iverson (St. Andrews University) - Dwelling in Eden or a Mobile Utopia?: the country, the City, and Eco-itinerancy in contemporary British Artists’ Cinema. (Respondent: Enrico Camporesi)
  • Enrico Camporesi (University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3) - Making Sculpture Move. Brancusi’s Films and their Migration in to the Museum Space. (Respondent: Heath Iverson)


13:00-14:00 Lunch Break


Afternoon Sessions

14:00-15:30 Representing Mobility (Chair: Alena Strohmaier)

  • Laura Niebling (Ruhr University, Bochum) - On Tour with the Stars. The Paradigmatic Impact of Road-Movie Narratives on Modern Tour-Rockumentaries. (Respondent: Sophia Onofri Loesch)
  • Sophia Onofri Loesch (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) - Around Europe in 16:9. Notes on Editing and New Road-Movie Aesthetics. (Respondent: Laura Niebling)


15:30-16:00 Coffee Break


16:00-17:30 Representing Mobility (Chair: Alena Strohmaier)

  • Doris Posch (Film Academy, Vienna) - Postcolonial & Transnational Filmmakers Travelling in Cinemascopes. (Respondent: Sophia Satchell-Baeza)
  • Sophia Satchell-Baeza - On ‘Fan’ Cultures: Imaginary Travel and the Transhistorical Image. (Respondent: Doris Posch)


17:30-18:00 Final remarks by the organizers

20:00 Dinner at Gasthaus Reinthaler


NECS Graduate Workshop Committee:
Dr. Miriam De Rosa (Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan)
Mag. Alena Strohmaier (University of Vienna)

Local Organizer: Prof. Christian Schulte, Nicole Kandioler, Lydia Österreicher

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