This volume deals with the rarely-discussed discipline of film curatorship and with the major issues and challenges that film museums and cinémathèques are bound to face in the digital age, at a time when there is an expectation of unlimited "access on demand." What is curatorship, and what does it imply in the context of film preservation and presentation? Is there a concept of "cinema event" that transcends the idea of film as "content" or "art" in the era of information?
Film Curatorship is an experiment: a collective text, a montage of dialogues, conversations, and exchanges among four professionals representing three generations of film archivists and curators – Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Francis, Alexander Horwath, and Michael Loebenstein. It calls for an open philosophical and ethical debate on fundamental questions the profession must come to terms with in the 21st century.
The first edition of this book was published in partnership with the Giornate del Cinema muto in Pordenone, Italy.
The second edition features a new preface by the authors.
Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Francis, Alexander Horwath, and Michael Loebenstein
FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 35
Vienna 2008 (1st edition - Vol. 09), 2020 (2nd edition - Vol. 35). 240 pages. In English
Table of Contents - Film Curatorship (2nd Edition) (PDF)
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Paper Conversation between Vinzenz Hediger and Alexander Horwath (PDF)