The Art of the Moving Image

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373UPO Z 2 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is to acquaint students with selected historical works on the border of the fine arts, video art and experimental fiilm, that is works of so called the art of the moving image, which the audience often encounters in a gallery. Emphasis will be placed on screening works in their entirety, a brief contextualization and subsequent discussion. In the Summer semester will be a number of examples to link the relationship of film and narrative, that is, issues of the relationship of contemporary artistic media.

Mode of study

Screenings, presentation, discussion

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No knowledge requirements necessary

Course contents

Week 1

Films of Andy Warhol. Ontology of film and paradoxes of film image recording

Kiss, 1963, 50 min (examples), Blowjob, 1964, 35 min, Screen Tests 1964-1966, each one 5 min. (selection)

Week 2

Films of John Smith + Filmmaker’s Co-op London

John Smith is one of the most important representatives of British experimental film. Inspired by conceptual film and minimalism, his films are anchored in everyday life playing with documentary and narrative film language. Plus a contextualiztion of his pieces.

Girl Chewing Gum

Om (1986)

Black Tower

Songs for Europe

Week 3

Documentary film procedures

Jeremy Deller, Battle of Ogreave , 2001, 90 min examples

Forensic Architecture

Jenna Bliss Poison the Cure, example 10 minut 2017.

Alžběta Bačíková Talk and Twerk 2017

Adelita Huseini Bey

Wu Tsang, Wildness

Week 4

The Chinese artist Cao Fei's film works + Lawrence Lek > global vision, Sinofuturism

Second Life (2009) examples

Haze and Fog (2012)

Week 5

Glimpses from within out and then back.

Larry Apiamchong and David Blandy, Finding Fannon 2, 2015

Jonathan Akofram

Evan Ifekoya

Week 6

Minimum funds, maximum effect. What is digital materialism?

Download, DIY, Rip, selfies and narration.

Laure Provoust

Heather Phillipson Zero point Garbage Matte

Heather Phillipson

Kateřina Konvalinová, První Sezení

Zbyněk Baladrán &Barbora Kleinhamplová Práce Oka, 2014

Week 7

Video between performance and film expression

Joan Jonas, Vertical Roll, 1972, 19:30 min

Pipilotti Rist, I am Not a Girl That is Missing Much, 1986, 6 min

Pipilotti Rist, Ever is Over All, 1997

Pipilotti Rist, Aujourd`hui, 1999, 10 min, ukázka

Pipilotti Rist, Lullaby, 2002, 5 min

Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007, 27 min

Week 8

Films of Marie Lukáčova

Artistic presentation and discussion with the artist Marie Lukáčova

Week 9

Subversive films, television and social media

Keren Cytter, Der Spiegel , 2007, 8 min

Keren Cytter, Dissilussioned Love 2, 2013, 8 min

Rehana Zaman, Some Women, Other Women and All the Bittermen, 2014 example

Dara Birnbaum 'Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978-79)

Lucky PDF+ Autoitalia: Lucky PDF TV, 2011

Ed Fornieles : Dorm Daze 2014

Week 10

Posthumanism and film, artificial intelligence, drones, inhumanity

Elizabeth Price User Group Disco (2009)

Ed Atkins, Death Mask 3, example 2011

Yuri Pattison

Pierre Huyghe, (Untitled) Human Mask 2014,

Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift, 2018

Week 11

The moving image, gender and soap opera

Chantal Ackerman Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels

Shana Moulton

Martha Rosler , Semiotics of the Kitchen

Guy Ben Ner, Stolen Beauty

Věra Chytilová, Rané práce a Panel Story

Pigi Kolektiv Čaroděj OZ

Week 12

Blurring the lines of film language, autobiography and fiction

Derek Jarman,. Blue

Vanelyne Green

Jan Mančuška

Week 13

Pre-Christmas extravaganze: wonderful video clips, architectonic video, avant-garde art, soft-porn, self-denial animation. Bring who likes what and what should be a little embarrassing.

Recommended or required reading


Erika Balsom: Exhibitiong Cinema in Contemporary Art, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam 2013.

Hito Steyrl (2009) In the defense of the Poor Image


Balsom, Erika, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation (Columbia University Press, 2017)

Stuart Comer, Film and Video as Art, Tate Publishing

David Campany, Photography and Cinema, Reaktion Books, London 2008

Tanya Leighton (ed.), Art and the Moving Image, Tate a Afterall, London 2008

Karel Císař (ed.) Co je to fotografie?, Herrmann a synové, Praha 2004

Assessment methods and criteria

Lecture attendance and participation:40%

Paper: 50%

Those who register for the course, upon consultation with the instructorwill complete a short paper on an artist of their choosing,who works with images. using the required literature.

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Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

room 423
Room No. 423

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 14:00–15:35 Hana JANEČKOVÁ Room No. 423
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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