European Expanded Cinema

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Expanded cinema represents an intersection of hybrid and performative audiovisual practices that have met a reupdate after the 2000s in the field of contemporary art and experimental cinema. The History and Aesthethics of Cinema Section at the University of Lausanne and the research project HES-SO Cinema exposé at ECAL organize at the Sputnik Cinema (Geneva), 27 September 2013, a study day and evening performance on these artistic manifestations. The expanded cinema is at the intersection of the areas of independent film, performance, experimental music, contemporary dance, poetry and visual art installation, while deploying in places the mass culture.

With the occasion of this study day, there will be an opportunity to trace the expanded cinema performances that are deployed in Europe and regroup on a theoretical plan the visual and hearing devices mobilized by these expanded artistic practice, taking as case studies in Switzerland, Italy, France and Britain. We thus separate from current studies on this phenomenon, which mainly focus on the American scene. The challenge is to confront theoretical issues in artistic practices, crossing lectures by academics, curators and artists in live performances with film.

Organized by Section d’histoire et esthétique du cinéma, 
Université de Lausanne, Cinéma exposé, HES-SO / ECAL


10:15 Introduction

10:30 Lucia Aspesi, Curatrice/Archives Marinella Pirelli
Presence and Simultaneity in Italian Expan­ded Cinema
- Italian intermedia art
- Marinella Pirelli
- Paolo Gioli
- Multiscreen installation
- Strategies of dislocation

11:00 Christian Lebrat, Artiste/éditeur de Paris Expérimental
Vibrations : de l’écran à l’espace (performances pour film des années 1970 et 2000)
- Mouvement melba
- Installations et jeune cinéma indépendant
- Coopératives de cinéastes en France
- Contre la forme narrative représentative industrielle

11:30 François Bovier et Adeena Mey, UNIL/ECAL
Le cinéma élargi en Suisse, d’Underground Explosion (1969) à l’art de l’installation
- Underground Explosion
- HHK Schoenherr
- Dieter Roth
- Rolf Winnewisser
- Art conceptuel suisse

12:00 Repas

14:00 Lucy Reynolds, Prof. Central Saint Martins/curatrice
Uncertain Encounters: the Element of Surprise in Mobile Spectatorship
- Mobile spectator and moving images
- White cube and film installation
- Disorientation and liberated body
- Annabel Nicolson
- Gill Eatherley

14:30 Volker Pantenburg, Prof. Bauhaus University Weimar
Expansion and its Discontents
- Expansion of consciousness
- Postcinema
- Dissolution of limits in film
- Performance apparatus
- Multiple modes of reception

15:00 Malcolm Le Grice, Artiste/théoricien, Prof. Central Saint Martins
Four Phases of Expanded Cinema – Mechanical, Analogue, Digital and Hybrid (Conférence/Performance)
- London Film Makers Cooperative
- Arts Lab Cinema
- Happening and multiprojection
- Experimental Music
- Politics of Perception

21:00 Lebrat Installation + Performance
- Liminal Minimal I & II (1977)
- Double Trama (2013)
Performances de Christian Lebrat

22:00 Le Grice Installation + Performance
- Horror Film 1 (1971)
Performance de Malcolm Le Grice


Cinéma Spoutnik - Genève, Switzerland


Friday, September 27, 2013 (All day)



Friday, September 27, 2013 (All day)
  • Place des Volontaires 4
    1204   Genève, Geneva
    46° 12' 14.3856" N, 6° 8' 10.5972" E