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.
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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