Re: [Frameworks] science film query

From: Gawthrop, Rob (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Dec 29 2010 - 07:53:02 PST

The 1998 Oberhausen Short Film festival's special programme "Useful Images" (curated by Fred Truniger) engaged with these issues in some depth. Full details are in the catalogue.

Best Wishes


On 29/12/2010 01:46, "Serge Levchin" <email suppressed> wrote:

Hello FWs -
I am trying to put together a proposal for a course in film history, dealing primarily with the evolution of science/research and educational film. Plenty has been written on the general history of these relatively marginal genres - especially on their origins (i.e. on Muybridge, Marey, etc.) - but I wonder if anyone has done work on any kind of cross-breeding between sci/research/edu film and experimental film (or even arthouse film).

Jean Painlevé is the only one coming to mind who could be said to straddle both domains. A few of Peter Greenaway's films (particularly A Zed and Two Noughts) borrow some themes/techniques from research film - in this case time-lapse cinematography.

(At the risk of saddling Tony Conrad with another string of inanities) I'd love to get some input - both in terms of artistic films that reference the sci/research/edu genres and books/articles that deal with such borrowing. I expect borrowing in the other direction took place as well, but that may be a good deal harder to trace.

Also - on the off chance that someone on the list knows of major repositories of sci/research/edu films - I mean archives, museums, hospitals, etc. - from all eras, I would love to hear about it as well. I think I have tracked down the majority of commercially available films.

Many many thanks for reading and giving some thought to the matter.

happy holidays, and best regards

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