About the event

Film and media objects have complex afterlives, circulating via shifting paths of exchange. Their apparent ephemerality can serve to mask their temporal and geographical situatedness, particularly in the current processes of globalization and digitization. This conference will explore different modes of archival intervention, with an eye toward excavating histories that have been obscured, forgotten, or suppressed.

How can the past be mobilized in new ways through critical artistic interventions? Which histories are preserved, and which are lost? How might questions of performance, “liveness,” and active spectatorship complicate our understanding of archival practices? What political possibilities do media archives offer in changing the conditions of the present? Our panelists explore such questions in the contexts of cinema, photography, broadcast media, social media, museum practices, heritage tourism, and surveillance footage.

This event is presented as part of Mediating the Archive, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on how archival studies dovetail with the scholarly and artistic legacy of queer activism through visual art, film, digital media, and dance. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. For more information or to join, email [email protected].

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Cosponsored by the Cinema Studies Group, the Film Studies Certificate Program, and the “Mediating the Archive” Mellon Seminar for Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, and supported in part by Artis Foundation for Contemporary Art.