Past Events/Projects

Mediating the Archive: A Conference on Moving Images & Social Histories The Graduate Center, CUNY April 15, 2016

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.