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Spring 05




A successful international conference, Off-Screen Spaces: Regionalism and Globalised Cultures, held at the Portrush campus of the University of Ulster 28-30 July 2004, marked the climax of the Centre’s Regionalism project. This was convened by Martin McLoone, Associate Centre Director who also heads up the research strand on the history of film, television and photography in Ireland at the Centre for Media Research at University of Ulster. Keynote speakers included John Tomlinson on ‘Globalisation and Cultural Identity, Ien Ang on ‘Changing Meanings of Asia and Asianness in Contemporary Global Culture’, and Toby Miller on ‘The People of the United States Cannot be Trusted: Globalised Hollywood 2’. Among the speakers, Sylvia Harvey and her research team from Lincoln, Margaret Dickinson and Kathrein Guenther, gave a presentation on ‘Getting Films to Audiences: Aspects of Regional and National Policy and Practice in the UK’, based on their Centre project on policy. The conference included a screening of Irish filmmaker Desmond Bell’s latest documentary Rebel Frontier, about Irish and Finnish opposition to US involvement in the First World War, and a presentation by Pat Loughrey, Director, Nations and Regions, BBC on ‘Local Identity in the Global Village: the BBC’s Regional Policy’.


REWIND is a major AHRB funded research project on British artists’ video of the 1970s and 80s, intended to document and collect interviews with all the significant figures from this important movement. Based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and at the Centre for Art Research Technology and Education (CARTE), University of Westminster, it is directed by Professor Stephen Partridge – himself a distinguished pioneer video artist, now Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise at University of Dundee – with Dr Jackie Hatfield as its research Fellow, based at CARTE. Recognising the synergy with various Centre projects and resources, notably the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins, REWIND has sought links, and Ian Christie is chairing its Advisory Committee.



26 February

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham 7-10 April

This year’s Nottingham British Silent Cinema Festival takes a look across the Channel at Britain’s relations with the continent before 1930. Among the featured filmmakers will be E A Dupont, responsible for some of Britain’s key silent-to-sound films of 1927-30. A second Centre-sponsored ‘collegium’ will allow research students to join the delegates and take advantage of the international expertise that Nottingham regularly attracts. A Franco-German-UK panel will debate the impact of Europe’s 1909 attempt to meet the challenge of American cinema – does that sound familiar?

Super 8 transformed: Obsessive Becoming (1995) by Daniel Reeves, to be shown at Film Begets Digital

Following the successful Films Beget Films event held at the Royal College of Art in November 2002, there has been an aspiration to stage a sequel. This will finally happen, in the shape of Film Begets Digital at Birkbeck on 26 February, co-organised by Ian Christie, Mark Nash of Central Saint Martins and Al Rees of the RCA, following a postgraduate training day on practice-based research in the audiovisual and digital field on 25 February.
Among the presentations will be Patrick Keiller, showing selections from his DVD version of his City of the Future project; Laura Mulvey on the implications of the shift from celluloid to digital for spectatorship; Steven Ball presenting new artists’ work which processes film into digital forms; Malcolm Le Grice on his own experiences of the transition from analogue to digital; and and Ian Christie on how digital has transformed the perception of pre-cinema media.



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