Author: Tobias Steiner

Call for Papers, Film Essays, Short Films: “Crossings: Stories of Migration”. Deadline: Aug 4, 2017.

Crossings: Stories of Migration (June-September 2017) is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University. We live in an age of migration. Driven by political and military conflicts, the pressures and possibilities of increasingly globalised economies, climate change and the desire for a better life, more people than ever move and live across borders. These are diverse trajectories; each journey has its own story and each story its own journey, traversing different landscapes and carrying with it its own past....

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CfP: “Comics and Authorship”. Deadline: Aug 31, 2017.

The comic, recently legitimized through the graphic novel phenomenon while remaining anchored in popular culture, can provide unique insights into issues surrounding authorship. Although comics scholarship has explored autobiographical comics and the strategies for self-fashioning of individual canonized comics artists and writers, the complex and mutating concept of comic book authorship remains by and large overlooked. Analyses of the changing notions of authorship, their contextualization and implications – aesthetic, political, economic – across different comics genres and formats can provide answers to key questions, such as: How do different techniques and styles mold conceptions of the author? Who is...

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QUANTITATIVE STUDIES IN TELEVISION: ANALYSING AND VISUALISING 80,000 FRAMES IN 20 SECONDS by JP Kelly

Several weeks ago I came across an interesting piece in The Guardian featuring the work of Jason Shulman, a photographer who condenses entire films into a single image by shooting them in one ultra-long exposure. By using this technique Shulman produces haunting images of these films that could quite easily be mistaken for some of the later, more abstract paintings of William Turner. Their obvious aesthetic merit aside, Shulman maintains that the images are actually very revealing of the films that they document. As he explains: ‘You can learn something about the director’s style from this kind of kooky...

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LIVE FROM FACEBOOK… AND THE BBC… AND THE USERS: VIDEO STREAMING AND AUTHORSHIP by Sarah Arnold

On May 30thTwitter and the BBC announced a live streaming partnership to provide coverage for a number of election related broadcasts including the May 31st BBC election debate and the June 8th Election Night Special. These election events were simulcast on BBC television. Unlike the television broadcast, the Twitter live stream occurred on an interactive platform with user comments occupying around half of the screen space. The live video stream was available outside of the UK and enabled national and international users to contribute to the overall election narratives.The BBC deal with Twitter represented a further move by the...

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RUBBISH: FROM WADDINGTON TO WHITTINGDALE by Pat Holland

Thinking about the effects of neoliberalism on television, I’ve recently had reason to re-visit some of the programmes I looked at  when I was working on a book about the 1980s. In particular I remembered a fascinating series transmitted across May and June in 1990 called The Television Village. In it residents of a village in Lancashire were given a glimpse of the television future: the future we now inhabit.  It was very effective then, but looking back it was prophetic -and not just about developing technology. In the summer of 1990, UK-specific satellite broadcasting had just arrived. BSB...

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