Festival of (In)Appropriation

October 20, 2018, 5:00 PM

SCI 106, 3470 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, California 90089

First Forum 2018, ZdC Cinema & Media Studies Graduate Association, and the Division of Media Arts + Practice present

The Festival of (In)Appropriation

An annual showcase of cutting-edge, experimental, found-media film and video

Introduced by Dr. Greg Cohen and followed by a Q & A with Dr. Cohen and Dr. Michael Renov

Saturday, October 20th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Interactive Building, SCI 106
3470 McClintock Ave
Los Angeles, California 90089

Free admission.

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About the Festival of (In)Appropriation

Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a preeminent international showcase for experimental, found-media film and video. Every year, the Festival attracts artists working across an array of moving-image formats while probing the limits of collage, machinima, re-mix, détournement, mash-up, and more. The raw material for their work derives from the abundant new sources of audiovisual media to have surfaced in recent decades, from official state and commercial archives to vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives of every stripe. By exploiting and refashioning these pre-existing materials, such creations generate novel juxtapositions and recombinations, often producing ideas and meanings that were unintended or unimagined by the original makers. These remarkable works, in other words, are “inappropriate” in the profoundest sense of the term. 

Curated annually by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen, the Festival of (In)appropriation strives to evince the astonishing range, sophistication, and critical impact of this vital aesthetic practice.

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About the Speakers


Dr. Greg Cohen is an artist, Associate Programmer at Los Angeles Filmforum, and Lecturer in Latin American Cinema and Visual Culture at UCLA. His work in video, photography, and multi-media installation has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and draws on diverse intellectual and aesthetic interests, from landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy to cultural memory and experimental archives, and from the history and theory of architecture to the intersections of moving-image media and radical politics. As a founding associate of REASArch (group for Research on Experimental Accumulation and Speculative Archives), Dr. Cohen has also produced The Valaco Archive, an ongoing visual research project, parts of which were recently featured in Limn magazine.

Dr. Cohen’s faculty page can be found at: https://www.spanport.ucla.edu/person/greg-cohen/

DR. MICHAEL RENOV (Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary)

Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, is the author of Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible Evidence, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs.

In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on five continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published 27 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997. In 2005, he co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme "Cinema and History."

In addition to curating documentary programs around the world, he has served as a jury member at documentary festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Brazil's It's All True, the International Environmental Festival of Film and Video, also in Brazil, and DocLisboa in Portugal. He has taught graduate seminars at the University of Stockholm, Tel Aviv University and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and in Cyprus. Renov's teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.

About ZdC

ZdC is the Division of Cinema & Media Studies graduate student organization for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Since The Division of Cinema & Media Studies is the school's largest division, our goal is to facilitate communication among its many students.  ZdC sponsors professional development and social interaction among The Division of Cinema & Media Studies graduate students at the School of Cinematic Arts.  We host annual graduate student conferences which aim to bring together graduate students from around the country and the world to engage in discourse around an issue relevant to the current state of Cinema Studies. Visit the Official ZdC website: http://www.zdcusc.org

The 2018 First Forum Conference is presented in cooperation with the USC Interdivisional Media Arts & Practice PhD Program.  For more information on this program, visit: https://map.usc.edu/

Contact Information

Name: Allison Ross
Email: allison.r.ross@usc.edu