Re: collage film history

From: Chuck Kleinhans (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jul 01 2009 - 02:21:08 PDT

On Jun 30, 2009, at 2:46 PM, William Wees, Dr. wrote:

> Scott--
> For an extensive program of screenings at Anthology Film Archives
> in 1993 and an accompanying small book, I came up with "recycled
> images," which I don't think I had seen before. But who knows about
> such things? I'm not sure who turned that into "recycled cinema"--
> you, maybe? The problem with "recycled images"--as it occurred to
> me later--is that it leaves out "recycled sound." The problem with
> "recycled cinema" is that it leaves out non-cinematic sources like
> music videos and all the other stuff that appears on commercial TV.
> --Bill
> William C. Wees,

I taught a grad course at Northwestern in 86 on "found sound and
recycled images" which had PhD and MFA students studying theory and
making film/video using said materials. We also used still images
for xerox pieces, etc. and did some audio projects. I don't want to
claim "firstness," since I think there was a lot of thinking and
doing about this sort of thing from the early Pop Art movement and it
was kicked up again by a flurry of interest in the 80s about
postmodernism and appropriation. Bill Wees's book is terrific and
inspired many selections in other courses I taught.


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