Wien Stadt meiner Träume, 1960

Like Seen on the Screen

Like Seen on the Screen is a project in the framework of Austria's "Sparkling Science" programme. It is a collaborative effort between academics, artists and young students who will jointly research and discuss a specific body of film documents. The films under consideration all focus on Vienna and belong to the realm of "ephemeral film" (amateur film, industrial film, promotional film etc.) - a type of filmmaking which, until recently, has received little attention both in the work of archives and in film studies.
The project attempts to communicate and develop skills in the study of contemporary history and media archaeology and will also test models of democratic education. Through the access to these historical documents and the cooperation with artists and experts, students will have the possibility to encounter methods of cultural research (media studies, geography, economics and social studies) while academics will benefit from the students' media competence and spontaneous responses. The accumulated knowledge will be creatively transferred, publicly presented and applied to the contemporary city.

Homepage: GWIKU18 Haizingergasse

Homepage: Theresianische Akademie Wien
Project Homepage: "Sparkling Science"

Project manager:

Siegfried Mattl, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society

Scientific partners:

The Austrian Film Museum
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society

Artistic und Creative Industry partners:
Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek (D&S), von automatisch werkstätten (database and webdesign)

Schools involved:
Gymnasium und wirtschaftskundliches Realgymnasium Haizingergasse, Wien 18
Öffentliches Gymnasium der Stiftung Theresianische Akademie, Wien 4

Like Seen on the Screen is a project within Sparkling Science, a program of the Ministry of Science and Research


September 2010 to October 2012

Related publications

Abenteuer Alltag. Zur Archäologie des Amateurfilms is the first German-language publication to give an overview of amateur film research in Europe, presenting essays on topics such as the politics and history, the technology and aesthetics, as well as the bodies and spaces of amateur film.

Siegfried Mattl (1954–2015) was one of Austria's most renowned contemporary historians and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society. His writings on film and history - with a focus on ephemeral films and the city in films - have been published under the title The Radiance of a City.