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Cinema as Ritual in Transfigured Time

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This was a somewhat spontaneous one-day symposium in Basel on the 20th May 2017, organised by Prof. Dr. Ute Holl, with and for students of the ‘Seminar Medienwissenschaften’ (Media Research Seminar) at the University of Basel, CH.

Convened in order to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Maya Deren, it aimed to explore the relation between dance and trance and cinema. Guest speakers included: Ling Ji Hon (who started the day of with a Tai Chi session), Christine Noll Brinckmann, Mathilde Rosier, Claudia Kappenberg, Moira Sullivan, Florence Freitag. The setting was suitably magical, hosted by Neues Kino Basel, a community-led romantic old building complete with Berlin-style ‘Hinterhof’, screening room, large kitchen diner and ample hang-out spaces.

Ute Hall invited everyone to fully immerse themselves in discussions, and to be flexible around timings and programming. This – and the delicious food – led to a lovely, relaxed and conversational atmosphere. Presenters had also been invited to mix academic discussions with more creative approaches and to screen personal work if suitable, which allowed for new connections to emerge between then and now and between different practices. My favourite was a presentation / screening by Mathilde Rosier, whose work has both visual rigour and a magical, playful character.

And guess what, Maya Deren’s footage and sound recordings from Haiti will feature in this year’s DOCUMENTA in Kassel, together with photos by Deren biographer Martina Kudlacek, work by the Haitian artist Andre Pierre and paintings by Amrita Sher-Gil. The exhibition is curated by Natasha Ginwala. See you there?!

Deren’s work clearly continues to fascinate and entrance people, and is perhaps more relevant than ever.

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Call for Submissions

The International Journal of Screendance, Volume 3, ‘After Deren’.

The editorial board of the International Journal of Screendance is pleased to announce a call for submissions for our third issue to be published Spring 2013.

October 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Maya Deren. In recognition of Deren’s considerable legacy as a filmmaker, theorist and experimental instigator of a choreographic cinema, we invite artists and scholars to join us in engaging with the continued relevance of her art in relation to contemporary debates, themes, and practices. We welcome proposals for essays and feature articles exploring the resonance of Deren’s filmmaking, writings and advocacies in the context of 21st century visual culture and critical theory. We also encourage wider reflections on related contemporary issue by artists, curators and choreographers working within media and time based practices.

Submission of papers (3000 – 5000 words) or artists’ pages (1000 – 1500 words) in the first instance to guest editor Elinor Cleghorn at elinorcleghorn@gmail.com. Submission deadline extended to 20th July 2012.

For the online publication go to: http://journals.library.wisc.edu/index.php/screendance/index

To order hard copies of existing issues go to http://parallelpress.library.wisc.edu/ordering.shtml

For any other enquiries and to receive a style sheet email screendancejournal@gmail.com

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