Cinematographic Practices: From the Film Avant-Gardes to the Exhibition Film

Cinematographic Practices - book launch Rainer Bellenbaum, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen

Rainer BELLENBAUM presented his latest book Kinematografisches Handeln (en.: Cinematographic Practices), which was developed in the context of his fellowship at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in 2010/11. The publication was co-produced by Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.

“Our mobile phones aren’t the first devices to take and show pictures. Even the Lumière Brothers’ cinématographs showed a similarly wide variety of functions and qualities: image exposure, processing and projection. The one who watches will also want to show—and to show means to put something up for someone else to watch. Cinematography is thus a practice that always implies physical creation beyond passive consumption. Cinematographic practice can be understood as a multi-layered blend of imagination, performance and presentation … therefore the classical understanding of cinema as an industry-like arena for (re)production is substituted with an approach that conceives of cinematography as an activity that affects the very different spheres of everyday life in terms of its situational encounters and events.”
Rainer Bellenbaum

Rainer Bellenbaum: Kinematografisches Handeln. Von den Filmavantgarden zum Ausstellungsfilm (en.: Cinematographic Practices: From the Film Avant-gardes to the Exhibition Film)
b_books Berlin, 2013
180 pages, German language
ISBN 978-3942214070

Rainer BELLENBAUM (*1957) is a Berlin- and Vienna-based media studies scholar, film and art critic. His work includes, among other things, artistic short films and collaborations (as from 1983), camera work, research and television contributions (1986-2005), texts for a number of art magazines (Texte zur Kunst, springerin, Camera Austria) and book publications (since 2004).

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