In this course we will investigate theories of the archive, the culture of image recycling, and practices of image collection, storage and retrieval. Selected readings on the archive will be explored alongside the study of filmmaking practices that draw on the moving image archive. The term “archiveology” is a neologism that potentially opens up an avenue of knowledge which is both extensive and interdisciplinary. The study of archival practices is an important mode of thinking about cultural histories, memory and media.
Because archives provide source material for academic research and for artists, it is a privileged space where theory and practice overlap; archival film practices tend to bring together critical, scholarly, and aesthetic practices. The focus of this course is on moving image archives and their role in the production of documentary and experimental film filmmaking. Assigned readings include Benjamin, Doane, Sekula, Foster, Derrida and Kittler. We will also pursue questions about how film and photography have produced new forms of archival knowledge and aesthetics. The course will include weekly screenings and several seminars with visiting scholars sponsored by the ARTHEMIS Research group.