Lost Landscapes of New York, 2018, Rick Prelinger

Mapping City Films
Conference and Film Presentation

December 13 and 14, 2018

Since 2016, the Film Museum has been part of the EU-funded H2020 project I-Media-Cities together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society. The project saw archives, research institutes and technical partners come together to develop an internet platform and digital tools to present and analyze film footage from nine European cities. This ambition has led to an emerging mediatheque of "filmic cities" Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Turin and Vienna. The results will be made available for research and educational purposes and to interested members of the public.

At this final stage of the project, we are bringing together a number of colleagues from archives and research institutions to explore the epistemological impact these collaborative endeavors have on our understanding of history, place, identity and aesthetics. Are we facing a "computational turn" brought on by the application of 'big data' methodologies in the field of visual history and film studies?
Presentations and podium discussions will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14. Entry is free. Click here for more information on the conference program.

Rick Prelinger, pioneer of digital film education and film reconstruction, will launch and close the conference. Prelinger last visited us in 2011; in his opening lecture, he will talk about democracy, technology and memory. In closing, Prelinger will present a model example of his educational approach: rare film material from New York which turns the audience into a part of the film presentation.

Organized by the Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society.

The conference will be held in English.
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