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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.

Thanks to SickSadWorld!

Catherine Russell Archiveology

Tatsachenreihe: Wie Brecht und Benjamin einen Krimi schreiben wollten

Von Andreas Ammer, Andreas Gerth und Martin Gretschmann
Wie Brecht und Benjamin einen Krimi schreiben wollten. Svendborg, Dänemark, 1934. Bertolt Brecht und Walter Benjamin treffen sich im Exil. Sie sind begeisterte Krimileser und entwerfen kurzerhand gemeinsam einen Plot.

Wie Brecht und Benjamin einen Krimi schreiben wollten

Tagung der International Walter Benjamin Society 12. bis 15. Dezember 2013

Tagung der International Walter Benjamin Society
„Über den Begriff der Geschichte/Geschichte schreiben“
12. bis 15. Dezember 2013
Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main & Universität Mannheim

Tagung der International Walter Benjamin Society

The Artwork in the Age of its Mechanical Reproducibility by Walter Benjamin as told to Keith Sanborn (1936/1996)

It’s been a while. Will try to update the blog more frequently again.

An attempt to problematize ownership and authorship in the age of digital reproduction. Inspired by the Walter Benjamin essay of the same name and the activities of the Situationists. If it could be authenticated that it were produced in 1936, this would make it the oldest known digital video work.

Video Keith Sanborn

(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