Studium Generale Gerrit Rietveld Academie 2011


“The Godardian ‘flash’ might well embody the indiscernibility of two procedures, since it is at the same time a break and a link. It is a signal of disconnection and the light of another world. Connecting one shot to another, a shot to a phrase, fresco, song, political speech, newsreel image or advertisement, etc., still means both staging a clash and framing a continuum. The time-space of the clash and the time-space of the continuum have, in fact, the same name: History. Disconnecting images from stories, Godard assumes, is connecting them so as to make History.”
—Jacques Rancière

Now that we are eleven years into the 21st century, and our North African and Middle Eastern colleagues and contemporaries fight, win and propagate their battles on Tahrir Square and elsewhere, armed with nothing more than their mobile phones, we sit in class at art school and ask ourselves questions about the end of ‘cinema’ as the most engaged art form of the 20th century. Now that mainstream film production rules the waves on private flat screens and Blue- ray players, while experimental cinema increasingly has to take refuge in ‘black boxes’ at biennials and other gatherings of the art world, we wonder how we can understand a new generation’s fascination with the Nouvelle Vague. Can we still learn from or use Godardian cinematographic techniques like ‘montage’? Are we nostalgic for the authority of the director as a mediator of the revolution because we are unable to deal creatively with the ‘undisciplined’ democratic power of the new media?
    We propose ‘CINEMA CLASH CONTINUUM, Film and History in the Age of Godard’ as a modus operandi for extensive reflection on Jean-Luc Godard’s films and those of many others, the cinematic medium in itself, its relation to ‘history’ and its connection with social media and contemporary artistic practices. From 28.March to 1.April, a team of 11 curators will present their burning questions and musings to the students and the faculty of the Rietveld Academie as well as to the general public. Together with forty-five guest speakers from all over the world, we are ready to embark on this energetic explorative journey. The results will be published in the CCCCahier which is 
to be launched during the period of final exams at 
the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in July 2011.

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