Today, the compulsively unsecretive, positively Panoptic, Film Studies For Free focuses on ‘surveillance film studies’. Do cast a beady eye, therefore, at the unsuspiciously Open Access scholarly resources linked to further down the page.
The post has been inspired by the thrilling chronometric proximity of an interdisciplinary conference, taking place next week, on the “Cultures of Surveillance” at University College London (September 29-October 1), with keynote lectures by the very brilliant professors Tom Gunning and Simon Cole.
The full programme can be found here. Anyone interested in these topics should also check out some related and highly innovative work online by the amazing film and humanities scholars at UCL at the following four websites:
- Objects Under Surveillance Museum Roundtable, University College London, January 19, 2011 Videos [m4v] of the event can be viewed by clicking on the images below.
Intro. & Simon Baker / Sue Woods & Katy McGahan / Neil Paterson / Discussion
- Wesley Aelbrecht, ‘2 Into 1 (Gillian Wearing, 1997)’, Autopsies of Surveillance, 2011
- Anders Albrechtslund, ‘Surveillance and Ethics in Film: Rear Window and The Conversation’, JCJPC 15(2), 2008
- Anders Albrechtslund and Lynsey Dubbeld, ‘The Plays and Arts of Surveillance: Studying Surveillance as Entertainment’, Surveillance and Society, 3(2/3), 2005: 216-221
- Chris Darke, Letter from London [on surveillance culture]‘, Film-Philosophy, Vol. 7 No. 8, April 2003
- Deirdre Devers and Stephanie Wilson, ‘Let Me Entertain You: Designing for Surveillance and Online Gaming’, DIGRA Proceedings, 2009
- Stephanie Fuller, ‘”Your papers?”: Objects of Surveillance at the US-Mexico Border’, Autopsies of Surveillance, 2011
- Hannah Gregory, ‘Surveillance on Film: Call Northside 777‘, Autopsies of Surveillance, 2011
- Nic Groombridge, ‘Crime Control or Crime Culture TV?’, Surveillance and Society, 1(1), 2002: 30-46
- Nic Groombridge, ‘Crime Control or Crime Culture TV?’, Surveillance and Society, 1(1), 2002
- David Harper, ‘The Politics of Paranoia: Paranoid Positioning and Conspiratorial Narratives in the Surveillance Society’, Surveillance and Society, 5(1), 2008: 1-32
- Nicholas Holm, ‘Conspiracy Theorizing Surveillance: Considering Modalities of Paranoia and Conspiracy in Surveillance Studies’, Surveillance and Society 7(1): 36-48, 2009
- Andrew Hultkrans, ‘Surveillance in the cinema: here’s looking at you, kid’, Stim, 7.1, 2006
- Dietmar Kammerer, ‘Video Surveillance in Hollywood Movies’, Surveillance and Society – CCTV Special (eds. Norris, McCahill and Wood) 2(2/3), 2004: 464-473
- Thomas Y. Levin, ‘Rhetoric of the Temporal Index: Surveillant Narration and the Cinema of “Real Time”’, In CTRL[SPACE]: Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother, eds. Thomas Y. Levin, Ursula Fronhe and Peter Weibel, 578-93. Karlsruhe, Germany: ZKM Center for Art and Media; Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002
- Peter Marks, ‘Surveillance Screens and Screening in Code 46’, SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture, vol 5 number 1 May 2008
- Peter Marks, ‘Imagining Surveillance: Utopian Visions and Surveillance Studies’, Surveillance and Society, 3(2/3), 2005: 222-239
- G.T. Marx, ‘Seeing hazily (but not darkly) through the lens: some recent empirical studies of surveillance technologies’, Law and Social Inquiry, vol. 30, no. 2, Spring 2005
- Serafino Murri, ‘Visual Irony as Virus in Panoptic Structures: Logic of Fact and Anti-Truth in Chris Petit’s “Surveillance”’, ctrl[space, October 2, 2001
- Simon Rothon, ‘‘Through the Grapevine’? Listening Devices and Acts of Surveillance’, Autopsies of Surveillance, 2011
- Simon Rothon, ‘Objects of Surveillance: The Parabolic Microphone’, Autopsies of Surveillance, 2011
- Jessica M. Silbey, ‘Videotaped Confessions and the Genre of Documentary’, Suffolk University Law School Faculty Publications, Paper 35, 2006
- The Politics of CCTV in Europe and Beyond’, Special Issue: Surveillance and Society, Vol. 2 (2.3), 2004
- Evangelos Tziallas, ‘Surveillance, space and performance: informing interstitial subjectivities in Head On’, Jump Cut, No. 52, Summer 2010
- Evangelos Tziallas, ‘Torture porn and surveillance culture‘, Jump Cut, No. 51, Summer 2010
- Kristin Veel, ‘Surveillance Narratives – from lack to overload’, Humanity in Cybernetic Environments, Edited by Daniel Riha. Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010
- Catherine Zimmer, ‘Surveillance Cinema: Narrative between Technology and Politics’, Surveillance and Society, 8(4), 2011: 427-440
Updated January 13, 2011
But FSFF has been dismayed to hear of proposed changes to the British Film Institute National Library (still going strong after 76 wonderful years) and the Viewing Service at the BFI. The proposals are outlined here. These changes are likely to have serious implications for the field and for research opportunities in film and television in the UK. If any of FSFF‘s readers are concerned about the proposals, you may like to make your views known to the BFI – possibly through the chairman Greg Dyke. If anyone knows of an online petition to register discontent about these changes please let FSFF know and it will happily publish the link. This has now been set up: Please sign!
Selected resources made available by the BFI in the 1950s to support film appreciation and education:
- 20 Films to use in Junior Film Societies (PDF, 34.3mb) compiled by A. W. Hodgkinson (British Film Institute and The Society of Film Teachers, 1953) Identifies key feature films suitable for studying with young people. Each record includes a summary of the film, examples of critical opinion and suggested discussion points.
- School Film Appreciation (PDF, 7.1mb) by A. W. Hodgkinson, John Huntley, E. Francis Mills and Jack Smith (King’s College School and British Film Institute, 1950) Practical notes compiled by educators in the field, detailing appropriate film titles and books for study, with advice for teachers.
- The Artist the Critic and the Teacher (PDF, 1.9mb) (The Joint Council for Education through Art, 1959) Programme for a forum presented by The Joint Council for Education through Art on the relevance of the arts to education, held at the National Film Theatre. Participants included Lindsay Anderson, John Berger, Karel Reisz and Kenneth Tynan.
- Film Study Material (PDF, 850kb) (British Film Institute, 1955) Catalogue of films and extracts available from the British Film Institute for use in film study.
Other Resources on Film Education and Appreciation:
- Charles R. Acland, ‘Patterns of Cultural Authority: the National Film Society of Canada and the Institutionalization of Film Education, 1938-1941’ Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d’etudes cinematographiques, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2001
- Cary Bazalgette, ‘Analogue Sunset. The Educational Role of the British Film Institute, 1979-2007’, Comunicar, n. 35, v. XVIII, 2010, Scientific Journal of Media Literacy; ISSN: 1134-3478; pages 15-23
- Richard Berger and Julian McDougall, ‘Touching the Void?: Media Education Research in the Twenty-first Century’, Media Education Research Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2010
- William J. Buxton, ‘Rockefeller Support for Projects on the Use of Motion Pictures for Educational and Public Purposes, 1935-1954’, Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports Online, 2001
- John Caughie, ‘Authors and auteurs: the uses of theory’, in Donald, J. and Renov, M. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies (London: Sage, 2007)
- Zoë Druick, ‘International Cultural Relations as a Factor in Postwar Canadian Cultural Policy: The Relevance of UNESCO for the Massey Commission’Canadian journal of communication,Vol 31, No 1, 2006
- Alexander Fedorov, ‘Media Education around the World: Brief History’, Acta Didactica Napocensia, Volume 1, Number 2, 2008
- Caroline Jane Frick, Restoration Nation: Motion Picture Archives and “American” Film Heritage, PhD Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
- Gary Hoctor, The Irish Film Society from 1936 to 1956: An examination in the context of the Cultural Histories of Ireland, MA Thesis, 2006
- Elizabeth Lebas, ‘Sadness and Gladness: The Films of Glasgow Corporation, 1922–1938’, FilM Studies, Issue 6, 2005
- Toby Miller (ed), Dossier: ‘In Focus: The British Film Institute’, Cinema Journal 47, No. 4, Summer 2008
- Melanie Selfe, ‘”Doing the Work of the NFT in Nottingham” – or How to Use the BFI to Beat the Communist Threat in Your Local Film Society’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 2007
- Michelle Spinella, Cinema in Cuban National Development: WOmen and Film Making Culture, PhD Thesis, Florida State University, 2004
Last updated February 23, 2010
Distinguished scholars Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson discuss Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, a collection of Farber’s film criticism that spans his early weekly reviews for The New Republic and The Nation to his later essays (some written in collaboration with his wife, Patricia Patterson). Farber’s unusual and pointed prose was credited by many with reinventing film criticism. Later, he devoted himself to his painting and taught film and art at UC San Diego from 1970 to 1987. Courtesy of UCtelevision January 14, 2010
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: a remarkably rich and informative, hour-long discussion about the work of legendary American film critic Manny Farber. And there’s another, half hour shorter documentary embedded at the foot of this post that tackles the subject of Farber’s painting, and places it in the context of his film-critical work, to a certain extent.
- Patrick Amos and Jean-Pierre Gorin, ‘The Farber Machine’, Rouge, 2008
- Miriam Bale, ‘Farber/Hawks’, The House Next Door, November 22, 2008
- Franklin Bruno, ‘In praise of termites’, The Believer, December 2004/January 2005
- Edward Crouse, ‘Negative Space Man: Former film critic Manny Farber and his theories of reel-ism’, Metropolitan,October 11, 1999
- Manny Farber, ‘Review of Clash By Night (June 16, 1952)’, excerpted from Manny Farber, Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, Edited by Robert Polito
- Manny Farber, ‘Badlands, Mean Streets, and The Wind and the Lion’, (with Patricia Patterson, September 23, 1975), xcerpted from Manny Farber, Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, Edited by Robert Polito
- Manny Farber with Patricia Patterson, ‘The New Breed of Filmmakers: A Multiplication of Myths’, July 20, 1975, From Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, edited by Robert Polito (The Library of America). Reprinted by The Auteurs: Notebook
- Manny Farber, ‘Canadian Underground’, First published in Artforum, January 1969, Luxonline, February 16, 2010
- Manny Farber, ‘Carbonated Dyspepsia’ (1968)
- Manny Farber, ‘White Elephant Art and Termite Art’ (1962)
- A. S. Hamrah, ‘Only Angels Have Wings: Insoluble Farber’, Fipresci, Issue 4, 2008
- Rich Kelley, ‘Interview with Robert Polito about Farber on Farber’, The Library of America e- Newsletter, 2009
- Bill Krohn, ‘My Budd by Manny Farber,’ Rouge, 2008
- Adrian Martin, ‘The Qualities I Like: Impressions of Manny Farber’, Rouge, 2008
- Donald Phelps, ‘Critic Going Everywhere [on Manny Farber]’, Rouge, 2008
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, ‘Thinking About (Personal) History Lessons: The Movie Paintings of Manny Farber’, Rouge 2008
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, ‘They Drive By Night: the Criticism of Manny Farber’, JonathanRosenbaum.com, August 18, 2008
- Girish Shambu, ‘Termite Art vs. White Elephant Art’, girish, June 05, 2006
Manny Farber and Hugh Davies of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego[The video package about Manny Farber begins eleven minutes in].
Learn about two men who are helping to put San Diego on the art world’s map: Hugh Davies, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and local painter Manny Farber. In the studio with Gloria Penner are: Stephanie Hanor, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Robert Pincus, Art Critic, San Diego Union-Tribune.