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Miriam Hansen: Cinema and Experience

Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno—affiliated through friendship, professional ties, and argument—developed an astute philosophical critique of modernity in which technological media played a key role. This book explores in depth their reflections on cinema and photography from the Weimar period up to the 1960s. Miriam Bratu Hansen brings to life an impressive archive of known and, in the case of Kracauer, less known materials and reveals surprising perspectives on canonic texts, including Benjamin’s artwork essay. Her lucid analysis extrapolates from these writings the contours of a theory of cinema and experience that speaks to questions being posed anew as moving image culture evolves in response to digital technology.

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Cinema and Experience

Catherine Russell – Archiveology: Walter Benjamin and Archival Film Practices

Catherine Russell

In Archiveology Catherine Russell uses the work of Walter Benjamin to explore how the practice of archiveology—the reuse, recycling, appropriation, and borrowing of archival sounds and images by filmmakers—provides ways to imagine the past and the future. Noting how the film archive does not function simply as a place where moving images are preserved, Russell examines a range of films alongside Benjamin’s conceptions of memory, document, excavation, and historiography. She shows how city films such as Nicole Védrès’s Paris 1900 (1947) and Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) reconstruct notions of urban life and uses Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) to draw parallels between critical cinephilia and Benjamin’s theory of the phantasmagoria. Russell also discusses practices of collecting in archiveological film and rereads films by Joseph Cornell and Rania Stephan to explore an archival practice that dislocates and relocates the female image in film. In so doing, she not only shows how Benjamin’s work is as relevant to film theory as ever; she shows how archiveology can awaken artists and audiences to critical forms of history and memory.

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Catherine Russell Archiveology

(Kritik) Klassenbild mit Walter Benjamin

Momme Brodersen: „Klassenbild mit Walter Benjamin“, Siedler Verlag, München 2012, 235 Seiten

Nach seiner missglückten Flucht in die USA nahm sich Berliner Philosoph Walter Benjamin im spanischen Grenzort Port Bou 1940 das Leben. Was aber ist aus seinen Mitschülern geworden, mit denen er 1912 das Abitur ablegte? Das wollte der Germanist Momme Brodersen herausfinden.

Klassenbild mit Walter Benjamin

„Rastelli erzählt…“

Sein Aufsatz zum „Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit“ war ein Meilenstein der philosophischen Ästhetik. Weniger bekannt ist Benjamins erzählerisches Werk. Gert Heidenreich liest am Dienstag, 27. März, ausgewählte Geschichten. Im Anschluss: nemo – Das literarische Ratespiel.

Radio: Bayern 2, 27.03.2012

New German Critique – No. 83 (2001) Special Issue on Walter Benjamin


„Widely considered the top journal in its field, New German Critique is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century German studies and publishes on a wide array of subjects, including literature, film, and media; literary theory and cultural studies; Holocaust studies; art and architecture; political and social theory; and philosophy. Established in the early 1970s, the journal has played a significant role in introducing US readers to Frankfurt School thinkers and remains an important forum for debate in the humanities.“