Check out the program for the upcoming 2014 Festival of (In)appropriation here!
Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, detournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of previously shot materials into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas that may not have been intended by the original makers, that are, in other words “inappropriate.” This act of appropriation may produce revelation that leads viewers to reconsider the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has seen the emergence of a wealth of new sources for audiovisual materials that can be appropriated into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, vernacular archives, home movie collections, and digital archives have provided fascinating source material that may be repurposed in such a way as to give it new meanings and resonances.
Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary short (20 minutes or less) audiovisual works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The show, now in its fifth year, is curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen.
Generously sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum.
About the Curators
Jaimie Baron (Festival Director) is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She received her B.A. in Art-Semiotics from Brown University, her M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA. She is an Associate Programmer at the experimental film and video screening series, Los Angeles Filmforum. In 2009, she founded the Festival of (In)appropriation with the help of Andrew Hall. Her research interests include appropriation art, experimental film, documentary film, film and media theory, gender studies, digital media, and transnational cinema.
Lauren S. Berliner is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communication and Cultural Studies at University of Washington Bothell. Her research focuses on amateur media production practices, gender and sexuality, and pedagogy. Also a filmmaker, she has screened her work internationally and facilitates video production programming for girls and queer youth. She earned her PhD. in Communication from UC San Diego, an MA in Visual and Media Art from Emerson College, and a BA in English and Anthropology from Wesleyan University.
Greg Cohen is a poet and visual researcher who also teaches in the Program in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. His engagement with the moving image and visual culture draws on a range of intellectual and aesthetic interests, from landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy to cultural memory and experimental archives, and from the history and theory of architecture and urbanism to the intersections of moving-image media and radical politics. He earned his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University with a specialization in Latin American visual and cultural studies, and was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at UCLA from 2008-2010. Greg’s poems have appeared, most recently, i n E·ratio; his new multi-media work on speculative archives forms the basis of his tenure as Visualist-in-Residence for Fall, 2012 at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Los Angeles.
Adrian Scherger is Assistant Stereoscopic Editor and Visual Effects Artist in Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics at UC Davis, and his M.A. in Film and New Media Production at San Diego State University. Before focusing on his film career, Adrian taught high school math for 4 years in Escondido, California. He has a broad knowledge of pre and post-production workflows in a variety of mediums such as 35mm film, digital/Red camera, and 3D stereo.