Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image

Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices

by Kim Knowles (2020)

- Cinematography.
- Experimental films.

- opens up new theoretical perspectives on materialist film
- discusses the potential for new kinds of tactile knowledge, privileging process as a form of physical and embodied encounter
- uses specific examples of analogue and hybrid experimental works to unravel new aesthetic and philosophical perspectives

This book assesses the contemporary status of photochemical film practice against a backdrop of technological transition and obsolescence. It argues for the continued relevance of material engagement for opening up alternative ways of seeing and sensing the world. Questioning narratives of replacement and notions of fetishism and nostalgia, the book sketches out the contours of a photochemical renaissance driven by collective passion, creative resistance and artistic reinvention. Celluloid processes continue to play a key role in the evolution of experimental film aesthetics and this book takes a personal journey into the work of several key contemporary film artists. It provides fresh insight into the communities and infrastructures that sustain this vibrant field and mobilises a wide range of theoretical perspectives drawn from media archaeology, new materialism, ecocriticism and social ecology.

Kim Knowles lectures in Alternative and Experimental Film at Aberystwyth University in Wales and curates the Black Box strand of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She is the author of A Cinematic Artist: The Films of Man Ray (2009) and co-editor (with Marion Schmid) of Cinematic Intermediality: Theory and Practice (2021). 


Knowles, Kim [1976-]
Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices.
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, xxxviii, 235 p., ill., 21 cm.
(Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image.).
ISBN 9783030443085 (hb., EUR 66,99)
ISBN 9783030443092 (eb., EUR 83,19)
[due 12/20]