The Archive as Ruin, the Ruin as Archive

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 13:15
Concordia University

ARTHEMIS is pleased to present a lecture with

André Habib
Université de Montréal

The Archive as Ruin, the Ruin as Archive

 This presentation will try and reflect on the “imaginary of ruins” that has penetrated the way curators, preservationists, and also (experimental) filmmakers think and use film archives (early films in particular), looking at films for their material, often decayed properties, thinking about films as fragments and as depositories of layered time. On the other hand, we will try and think about ruins as a form of archive of lost time (ruins document a series of “moments”, and the ruin-films of Berlin or Beyrouth, for instance, are as much films about those ruins than an archive of a city that has since been reconstructed many times). In both cases, time is – so to speak – “decomposed,” made available, and opens up to a form of melancholy, which is maybe, in the end, I would argue, the essential affect of film viewing experience. Peter Delpeut’s Lyrisch nitraat, along with other films, will serve as matrix for discussion.
André Habib is assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at Université de Montréal. His Ph. D. dissertation was on the imaginary of ruins in cinema. Since 2002 he has been the coordinator of the cinema section of the electronic journal Hors Champ. His publications include, as co-editor, Chris Marker et l’imprimerie du regard (2008), and “Imaginaire des ruines” a special issue of the semiotic journal Protée. His research interests include Iranian and experimental cinema; history and theory of cinephilia. His work is published in Spirale, Substance, Hors champ, Lignes de fuite, Senses of Cinema, Offscreen, Intermédialités, Cinémas, Postscript.
(the conference takes place in the course FMST 800)

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