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Interwar Lens Cultures: Photography and Film around 1929

Research profile seminar

An open seminar on photography, film and ¿New Vision¿ ¿ around the ground-breaking exhibition Film und Foto, 1929.

Morning Session: X-library
10.00 Welcome address by project initiators Mats Jönsson, Louise Wolthers, and Niclas Östlind.

Mats Jönsson is Professor of Film studies at the Dept of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg. Louise Wolthers is Research Manager and Curator at The Hasselblad Foundation. Niclas Östlind is a Curator and Senior Lecturer at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.

10:30 Kai-Uwe Hemken
Room I of FiFo 1929: Moholy-Nagy's Scenic Manifesto

The Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy was invited by the Deutscher Werkbund to set up a space at the 1929 exhibition Film und Foto (FiFo) in Stuttgart. The topic: The history and present of photography. Moholy-Nagy systematically and thoroughly documented the development and status quo of photography on the one hand and, on the other, staged this space in the sense of his artistic concept. For the photographic artist, the future of photography should lie in the photogram and in the film. This apparent inevitability Moholy-Nagy suggested by way of a clever arrangement of the exhibits. The lecture will expound this sense dimension and make it possible to experience FiFo through a virtual reality reconstruction of Room I.

Kai-Uwe Hemken is Professor of Fine Arts (20th/ 21st century) at the Kunsthochschule Kassel/ University of Kassel and is (co-)curator at various international exhibition spaces. He is currently the co-curator of the exhibition Photography at the Bauhaus ¿ The New Vision in Contemporary Art (Düsseldorf, Berlin, Darmstadt), during which FiFo was virtually and partially reconstructed. He has developed a lecture on "Bauhaus and Photography: New Curatorial and Art Historical Research in the legendary Film und Foto Exhibition, Stuttgart 1929". This presentation includes a virtual reality reconstruction of the exhibition, which sheds new light on how curators like Moholy-Nagy worked as well as on the typology of modernist exhibitions.

12.00-13.00 Break for lunch

Afternoon Session: Bio Valand

13.00-15.00 Martin Reinhart A ¿New Vision¿ in Film and Photography

Exactly 90 years ago and for the first time in history the 1929 Werkbund Film und Foto exhibition introduced international cinematic and photographic experiments to a greater public and soon became renowned as the epitome of avant-garde production and modernism throughout the world. Who were the artists involved and who stood behind the concept of this tradition-shattering show? How was it perceived and how did it change the way we understand media today?

The lecture will focus on the film program that accompanied the FiFo exhibition and its curator, experimental filmmaker Hans Richter. Through his groundbreaking FiFo program Richter is not only considered the forefather of all film festivals, but also the starting point of an identity-generating tradition of experimental film.

Inspired by, and as a direct result of, Richter's program private and political film clubs were formed all over the world. This movement was driven by the cineasts' enthusiasm for the non-commercial art film and made possible by the introduction of affordable amateur-format film material by companies like Kodak and Pathé. The new film stock helped to create new and independent distribution networks and led to the development of easy-to-use still and movie cameras. This equipment was originally targeted at the amateur market, but soon also adopted by filmmakers like Dziga Vertov, Able Gance or Joris Ivens.

Martin Reinhart is a filmmaker, film historian and inventor. Martin studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and is a trained film technician. His company Indiecam has pioneered digital moviemaking back in the mid 2000s. Their cameras have been used in major Hollywood productions and were the first ones to record in CinemaDNG, a format that Indiecam has developed together with Adobe and now is a wide used industry standard. Together with T. Tode and M. Luksch Martin made the documentary "Dreams Rewired" that won the price for best director at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival in 2016. Recently he developed a system to auto-correlate big sets of data together with physicist Leonard Coster. The goal of this work is to generate an objective topography of world knowledge.

The seminar is an independent continuation of the symposium Interwar Lens Cultures - Photography and Film in Transition 1919-1939

Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

The Interwar Lens Cultures project is part of the ongoing research collaboration between The Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Art Academy.

Date: 2/12/2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: Akademin Valand/Hasselblad Foundation

Location: Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50

Event URL: Read more about Interwar Lens Cultures: Photography and Film around 1929

Contact person: Stefan Jensen

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