Beyond/After the Screen: The Impact of Documenta X and XI on Contemporary Film and Video Practice

An International Symposium, April 10–12, 2003

“Beyond/After the Screen: The Impact of Documenta X and XI on Contemporary Film and Video Practice” takes as its starting point the significance of the proliferation of experimental film and video productions, first at Documenta X and continued in the most recent Documenta XI. The conference will will bring together scholars, filmmakers, and video artists who have been involved in discussions concerning the role that Documenta plays in the art world today. In particular, the speakers will explore a number of questions that emerge from the phenomenon of blurring the disciplines of film and art galvanized by the two most recent Documenta exhibitions. How does gallery installation affect the meaning of a film? Should film, when projected three-dimensionally, be discussed in the context of sculpture? What role does the shorter attention span of the viewer in an art gallery (as opposed to in a cinema) play on the filmmaker’s approach to narrative? Furthermore, the speakers will examine the extent to which a political commitment informs and produces these new hybrid forms?

Symposium Speakers

For further information contact:

Nora M. Alter: Dept. of German and Slavic Studies
263 Dauer Hall, University of Florida
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Tel: 352-392-2101 ex 202; Fax: 352-392-1067

The Symposium is sponsored by the nascent Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, The DAAD, The France-Florida Institute, The Department of German and Slavic Studies, and the Department of English.