Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2018. International Kino Club Histories
12-16 December 2018, Belgrade
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Academic Kino Club, founded in Belgrade (then Socialist Yugoslavia, now Republic of Serbia) in 1958, the Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2018 will be dedicated to the international histories of kino clubs in Europe and beyond.
There is a particular postwar history of kino clubs in Socialist Yugoslavia that is rooted in an official state movement to disperse technical cultures into the hands of non-professionals. These technical cultures included photography, radio, and cinema, among others. It was in the kino clubs where new aesthetics were born, also a new politics of amateurism. A new type of cineaste was forged in these clubs, and they quickly exerted their influence over professional production from the 1950s through the 1970s – widely considered the golden age of many European national cinemas, and not for coincidental reasons. The clubs operated mostly as free spaces, where ideological interference from without was at a minimum. Filmmaking was practiced, but also theory was produced, as well as exhibitions, publications, and more. Some of these clubs are still active, with histories stretching back to the interwar period, but with geo-political contexts and technological means that continue to shift regularly. A complete and proper international history of cinema cannot be written without these clubs, though they have not often been at the forefront of research or curatorial portfolios.
In Socialist Poland the kino clubs were often attached to factories, and existed for the edification of workers. In Socialist Hungary they sometimes functioned like studios. In Western Europe they commonly engaged in distribution and exhibition. In North America they often situated themselves on the front lines of socio-political struggles. These varied histories demand further complication and exploration, and to be placed into the context of their counterparts across the globe. This intersectionality will be the work of the 2018 Research Forum – for a different genealogy of kino-enthusiasm, and for a different international kino culture.
This one-day event running concurrently with the festival Alternative Film/Video in Belgrade will assemble a group of curators, critics, artists, and researchers for an intimate encounter where presentations will be delivered and discussions held on the topic as outlined. We are accepting abstracts of 300 words along with short biographies of 150 words for consideration. Selected participants will be given support toward their accommodation in Belgrade but are asked to cover travel expenses on their own. Please forward inquiries and submissions to Greg de Cuir Jr, selector for Alternative Film/Video, no later than 15 September 2018 at [email protected].
The Alternative Film/Video Research Forum was established in 2012. Participants have included artists such as Marina Gržinić, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, and Dirk de Bruyn, researchers such as Miriam de Rosa and Terri Francis, curators such as Shama Khanna and Bruce Posner, and others. The founding curator of the Research Forum is Greg de Cuir Jr.
Alternative Film/Video (Belgrade, Serbia) is an international festival for new film and video tendencies and one of the oldest manifestations of its kind in Europe. It was founded in 1982 as an antidote to commercial film and video-making and to support unconventional practices while celebrating moving image cultures. Alternative Film/Video is organised by and hosted at AFC Belgrade, which was established in 1958 as Academic kino club and where many iconic filmmakers worked, including Tomislav Gotovac, Živojin Pavlović, Radoslav Vladić, and others. Visit the website at www.alternativefilmvideo.org/.