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The cultural heritage of collective filmmaking in Germany: The archival practice of independent film and video workshops
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Contexts and Cultural Boundaries (KK).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0068-8063
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Collective filmmaking practice in Germany is still a blind spot in film historiography. This is all the more surprising since independent film and video workshops established a nationwide network of political media practice during the 1970s. Inspired by Brecht and Tretjakov, Negt/Kluge and Enzensberger, their aims were twofold: first, to empower political activists departing from Tretjakov’s idea of “operative” art and second, to establish film archives and distribution networks. Yet, currently the archives are facing severe problems concerning  preservation: as the video tapes slowly disintegrate, the memory of the various media practices of the last decades is fading away. As digitization is costly and time-consuming, many video productions will not survive. This has, as I will argue, consequences not only for (left-wing) historiography, but also for the visual iconography of cultural memory. My paper focusses on the archival practice of two workshops in Hamburg: the mpz (Medienpädagogikzentrum, 1973-) and bildwechsel, the feminist film archive (1979-).  International influences such as the independent workshop sector in the UK as well as questions of auteurism and canonisation will be discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
cultural memory, archival practice, video workshops, Hamburg, social movements
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History of Technology Studies on Film
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-15832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-15832DiVA: diva2:431214
Conference
21st International Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1-3 July 2011
Available from: 2011-07-18 Created: 2011-07-18 Last updated: 2015-05-04Bibliographically approved

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