Re: Shoot Shoot Shoot - Scholarship

From: Jonathan Walley (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Oct 17 2007 - 05:43:18 PDT

Freya and all,

I had in mind books like The Structural Film Anthology (ed. Peter
Gidal), Abstract Film and Beyond (Malcolm Le Grice), as well as
journals like Studio International, Undercut (The Undercut Reader, ed.
by Michael Mazière and Nina Danino, is a terrific resource), and
Afterimage (specifically Afterimage 6 - 1976 - which was devoted
entirely to British avant-garde cinema). Though all of these sources
address international a-g- film, they focused primarily on the UK, with
a heavy emphasis on the LFMC, and, with the exception of the Undercut
stuff, on "Structural-materialist" film and British expanded cinema.
So, when I say that a "new wave" of scholarship would be a good thing,
I don't mean to criticize these books and journals, all of which I
love; I just mean that newer scholarship might consider a wider range
of practices in the UK. And given my experience seeing Shoot Shoot
Shoot, there's A LOT more to say about structural-materialist film and
expanded cinema than has been said.

The program notes for Shoot Shoot Shoot, including excellent essays by
A.L. Rees and Mark Weber, begin the job of re-thinking some of these
things, as does Rees's book A History of Experimental Film and Video,
the second half of which focuses on a-g film/video in the UK. I would
include The Undercut Reader in this group, too.

And if I may be brazenly self-serving for a moment, an essay of mine on
Anthony McCall has just been launched on Luxonline. I address the LFMC
as a context for his work in section 3 of my essay, and in an essay in
a forthcoming anthology published by Rodopi called Avant-Garde Film
(ed. Dietrich Scheunemann and Alexander Graf); that essay is entitled
"The Paracinema of Anthony McCall and Tony Conrad." The Luxonline essay
can be found here:

Best regards and happy reading,


Jonathan Walley
Assistant Professor
Cinema Department
Denison University
Granville, Ohio 43023
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On Oct 17, 2007, at 12:11 AM, Freya wrote:

> These sound like general texts tho? Do they contain
> stuff specific to the u.k.?
> I like your idea of publishers targeting google!
> However havn't there always been things floating
> around such as "the definitive Richard Clayderman
> collection", even before more recent times?
> It's seems a shame if authors can't choose their own
> titles to the books. :(
> Thanks for the info Jack!
> love
> Freya
> --- Jack Sargeant <email suppressed> wrote:
>>> BTW Jonathon, you mention a new wave, does that
>> imply
>>> there was an old wave, and if so can you recommend
>> any
>>> texts etc?
>> presumably the old wave of film scholarship was:
>> Film As Subversive
>> Art / Visionary Film / The Underground Film and so
>> on.... the stuff
>> published in 60s / 70s.....
>> jack
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