Sites of Cinema

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“Sites of Cinema” takes a new approach to the question of cinema at the moment when cinema is said to be in decline, even in some accounts said to be facing its “death.” At this moment, when are focused on a convergence of moving image forms into a single delivery system we take up divergence over convergence, a divergence. Alternative to André Bazin’s question “What is Cinema?” “Sites of Cinema” will ask “Where is Cinema?” Where has it been seen to be and where will it be spaced in the future—as theoretical construct, national culture, material object, artistic work, social practice and space of exhibition. Cinema has moved and is still moving—from theatrical stages to museum walls, in and on buildings as well as within historical nations and regions of the world. “Sites of Cinema” signals our interest in site-specific cinemas plural but also cinema as a total apparatus—the “cinema of the mind” for the mass audience.

Professor Nico Baumbach

Professor Jane Gaines

Professor Rob King
Associate Professor of Film, Columbia University 

Professor Debashree Mukherjee

Nathan Smith


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.




09/20/2017 Dodge Hall, Theatre 511, Columbia University
7:30 PM
A Brief History of the Video Essay
Kevin B. Lee, Filmmaker, Critic and Instructor at Merz Akademie (Stuttgart, Germany)

Respondent: Phillip Lopate, Columbia University

10/25/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Screening of "Nostalgia for the Future" (2017, 54 mins)
Avijit Mukul Kishore, Filmmaker

Rohan Shivkumar, Architect

Notes: View Trailer:
11/02/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Animation of the Technical and the Quest for Beauty
Gertrud Koch, Freie University, Berlin and Brown University

Respondent: Noah Isenberg, The New School for Social Research

11/30/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Tableau Vivant: Across Media, History, and Culture
Keynote Speaker: Brigitte Peucker, Yale University

Notes: 11/30 - 12/1/2017 Conference
01/24/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The Photochemical Image in Contemporary Art
Genevieve Yue, The New School for Social Research

Respondent: Andrew Uroskie, Stony Brook University, SUNY

02/15/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Incremental Love
Eugenie Brinkema, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Respondent: Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam and Columbia University

03/21/2018 Katharina Otto-Bernstein Theatre, Lenfest Center
7:30 PM
The Origins of Film Noir
James Naremore, Indiana University

Keynote Address of the Inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival - "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir" - Programmed by Rob King, Department of Film and Media Studies

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