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Marcel Broodthaers and cinema.

This project focuses on the multiple relations between Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976 ) and cinema. Apart from surveying and analyzing his many films and film installations, it investigates the numerous references Broodthaers made to the medium of film, its technology, its history, and prehistory in both his works and writings. In addition, this project situates Broodthaers's films in the context of contemporaneous trends in experimental cinema and in the context of the film medium's migration to the space of the museum – an institution that Broodthaers questioned and deconstructed in many of his works. In so doing, this project will connect, compare, and reconceptualize two paradigms that developed quite parallel throughout the late 1960s and 1970s but which have not been connected previously: the artistic practice of so-called "institutional critique" (of which Broodthaers is one of the protagonists) and the "apparatus theory" in film studies. Furthermore, this project demonstrates how Broodthaers, who combined and conflated different artistic media, made explicit many of the key topics of the recent discipline of "media archaeology" such as a fascination for cinema's origins and prehistory, imagining cinema's alternative developments, histories, and futures.
Date:1 Jan 2019  →  Today
Disciplines:Visual cultures