Helmut Newton Retrospective

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16 June - 4 September 2016. Very interesting retrospective of Helmut Newton's (fashhion and beyond) photography at Foam Gallery in Amsterdam.

 

 

Cine-Files on Cinematic Affect

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Issue no # 10 of Cine-Files is out, with a special dossier with short articles on Cinematic Affect. Edited by Anne Rutherford. With contributions from among others Jennifer Baker, Gertrud Koch, Laura Marks, Angela Ndalianis, Anna Powel, and Steven Shaviro. And a contrinution by Corey Creekmus on "Affective Video Criticism". See the issue on the Cine-Files website. My contribution is on the affects of compulsive dancing, comparing the different affective contexts between The Red Shoes (1948) to Black Swan (2010).- expressed in the digital form of GIFs. See here for this article, entitled "I just want to be perfect".

Nema Aviona Za Zagreb

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On May 31 2016 EYE Institute Netherlands organized a special screening of Nema Aviona Za Zagreb, the last film of Louis van Gasteren who passed away on May 10, 2016. Below the introduction to this original and unique film (in Dutch). See here for more information about the book Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis van Gasteren. The book comes with 7 films, including Nema Aviona Za Zagreb (with English subtitles). 

Machinic Ecologies

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20 May 2016: A symposium on Deleuze and Guattari. See here the website of the event. Organized by Halbe Kuipers, Nur ozgenalp and Patricia Pisters for the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari discuss their concept of the war machine in relation to weapons and tools that are defined in an 'ecosystem' which is traversed by a 'machinic phylum'. Deleuze and Guattari see the machinic phylum as technological lineage (for instance, the iron sword descending from the dagger, the steel saber descending from the knife). Whether something becomes a weapon or a tool depends on the specific assemblages these metallurgical machines enter into. When Deleuze and Guattari speak of 'ecosystems' these are to be understood as the triply folded and complexly interwoven system of what Guattari has called the 'three ecologies' of environmental, social and mental ecologies. The connection and synthesis of these heterogeneous ecologies Deleuze and Guattari term 'machinic' (ATP 330) Therefore the metallurgical transformations of the machinic phylum have to be thought in ever changing and heterogeneous machinic assemblages, from materiality of the earth to our social life and collective and individual consciousness. We aim to get a deeper understanding of the power and necessity of Deleuze and Guattari's machinic ecosophy in a techno-permeated world. 

 

A Female Point of View

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Nouchka van Brakel is the first female directore who graduated from the Dutch Film Academy. Her films such as A Women like Eve in 1979 (with Monique van de Ven and Maria Scheider, see image above) and The Cool Lakes of Death (1982) are still remarkable classics. EYE Film Institute, The Dutch Film Academy and the University of AMsterdam (Department of Media Studies and Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) organize on 18 May 2016 a symposium on the question of the female point of view. See here the program. In the evening there is a special screening of The Cool Lakes of Death. Programme is in Dutch. See also the EYE website.