CFP: ExFM on Art and Artists
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7/16/2019 at 6:30:51 PM GMT
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CFP: ExFM on Art and Artists

Experimental Film and Media on Art and Artists


In 1955, Hans Richter’s article in Film Culture challenged film to establish itself as an original art form. His essay opens with the question, “To what degree is the camera (film, color, sound, etc.) developed and used to reproduce (any object which appears before the lens) or to produce (sensations not possible in any other art medium)?” The tradition of experimental film inherited from Man Ray or Maya Deren also worked towards advancing cinema-specific ends while using sculpture and dance as a means.⁠ By focusing on works about art and artists, this panel seeks to recast experimental film’s version of the classical paragone, the competition and comparison amongst the arts, as a complex set of mediations. Examples include Robert Breer’s Homage to Homage to New York, Jonas Mekas’s Award Presentation to Andy Warhol, or George Kuchar’s House of the White People, which shows George Segal’s sculptural casting process. Other examples may also come from experimental media. For instance, some of the earliest critical writings on video art, including Douglas Davis, David Antin, and Rosalind Kraus, treated the video medium in terms resembling the paragone, while others insisted on its essential sameness with older practices. By looking at films and media art about artists and their work, this proposed panel seeks to further our understanding of the postmedium condition that emerged in the 1960s as well as our contemporary intermediality, the creative process, labor, and modes of artistic production. Recent anthologies and exhibitions on the relationship between photography/film and sculpture, for example, have begun to explore this topic from many angles, including visual culture, philosophy, and history. This panel welcomes all of these approaches towards the study of experimental film and media art about other art and artists. Please submit abstracts and references by August 10, 2019 to




Hamill, Sarah, and Megan R. Luke, eds. Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2017.


Kaizen, William.Against Immediacy.  Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2016.


Richter, Hans. "The Film as an Original Art Form." In Film Culture, edited by P. Adams Sitney. New York: Cooper Square Press, 2000 [1955].


Wood, Jon, and Ian Christie, eds. Sculpture and Film. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.



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