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[Commlist] Amateur Practices and Technologies of Vision - International Conference - Program

Mon May 06 13:00:12 GMT 2019

We are delighted to announce the program of the forthcoming international conference Amateur Practices and Technologies of Vision:

Università IULM, Milano

Communication, Arts and Media Department

May 23rd and 24th 2019

Amateur Practices and Technologies of Vision

Organizing Committee

Luisella Farinotti, Elena Gipponi, Chiara Grizzaffi (Università IULM, Milano); Alice Cati (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano); Diego Cavallotti, Simone Dotto, Andrea Mariani, Simone Venturini (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Scientific Board

Jaimie Baron (University of Alberta), Elena Mosconi (Università degli Studi di Pavia), Roger Odin (IRCAV – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III), Laura Rascaroli (University College, Cork), Masha Salazkina (Concordia University), Alexandra Schneider (Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz), Pierre Sorlin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III), Charles Tepperman (University of Calgary), Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College).

Thursday, May 23rd

Sala dei 146 (IULM 6)

9.30 a.m./ Greetings

Gianni Canova, Chancellor

Paolo Giovannetti, Head of the Communication, Arts and Media Department

Luisella Farinotti, Head of the Organizing Committee

The Man Who Looks


10.30—11.30 a.m. / Keynote Speech

Benoît Turquety (Université de Lausanne)

On Low Media

Introduced by Matteo Bittanti (Università IULM, Milano)

Q&A Session


Coffee Break


11.45 a.m.—1.30 p.m. / First panel: Machines/Technologies/Dispositifs

Chair: Simone Venturini (Università degli Studi di Udine)

-Elena Gipponi (Università IULM, Milano)

Techno-enthusiasts and Eclectic Bricoleurs: Intermedial Occurrences in the Italian Amateur Cinema of the 1950s and 1960s

-Diego Cavallotti (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Amateur Teratologies: A Technological Bestiary Between the End of the 1960s and the 1990s

-Rossella Catanese (IMT, School for Advanced Studies, Lucca)

Film Artisans Amateurs, Artist-run Labs and Devices of Analog Counter-Culture

-Simone Dotto (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Practicing Distant Vision. How Early Italian Radio Amateurs Re-imagined Radio as a Technology of Vision

Q&A Session


Lunch Buffet


2.30—4.30 p.m. / Second panel: Amateur/Amateurs

Chair: Alice Cati (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)

-Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (University of Cambridge)

Facebook Avant la Lettre: Films and Issues of Intention in Mid-Twentieth Century Amateur Cinema

-Chiara Grizzaffi (Università IULM, Milano)

“Is it ‘Action’ Enough?” Addressing Technological Fetishism and Eagerness for Mobility of Action Cam Amateur Users

-Sergio Minniti (Yachay Tech University, ECU)

“Buy Film Not Megapixels”: Resistant Amateurism and the Rematerialization of Photography in the Digital Age

-Giulia Simi (Independent Researcher)

“Come Into My Eye Sooner Than Into My Feeling”: Mario Schifano Between Amateur Cinema and Painting

Q&A Session


5.00—7.00 p.m /Small Gauges

 From the Archive: Practices of Creative Rewriting

Re-framing Home Movies: Home Movies from the Archive to their Public Valorization– Karianne Fiorini and Gianmarco Torri

Introduced by Elena Gipponi (Università IULM, Milano)

Screening of selected films

Gli anni, Sara Fgaier 2018, 20’

Le grand viveur: studio per un film, Perla Sardella 2019, 22’

I fiori blu,Guglielmo Trupia2019, 25’

Francesca o Francesi, Giuseppe Ferrari e Nicoletta Traversa 2019


Friday, May 24th

Sala dei 146

9.30—10.30 a.m. / Keynote Speech

Susan Aasman (Groningen University, NL)

Amateur Media Dispositif(s): Mapping Complexities and Contradictions in Home Videos

Introduced by Chiara Grizzaffi (Università IULM, Milano)

Q&A Session


Coffee break


11.00 a.m.—13.30 p.m. / Third Panel: Institutions and Disciplines

Chair: Carmelo Marabello (IUAV, Venezia)

-Andrea Mariani (Università degli Studi di Udine)

A Trans-Atlantic Experiment.Amateur Cinema League and the Emergence of the Cineguf Movement in Fascist Italy

-Giuseppina Sapio (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès / Chercheure associée à l'IRCAV – Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Films and Family Secrets: An Epistemological Experience

-Enrique Fibla-Gutiérrez (Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona)

A Vernacular National Cinema: Amateur Film Technologies and Mediated Regionalism in Catalonia (1932–1936)

-Simona Pezzano (Università IULM, Milano)

Rural Epic. Farm Day Labourers and Visual Memory from the Archive of Lega di cultura di Piadena

Q&A Session


Lunch Buffet


3.00—5.30 p.m. /Small Gauges

 From the Archive: History(ies) of Amateur Cinema

Paolo Simoni and Mirco Santi (Home Movies, Bologna)with Jennifer Malvezzi (Università degli Studi di Parma)

Introduced by Diego Cavallotti (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Screening of selected films

First screening of the digital restoration of

La fiera Campionaria di Milano, Enrico Chierici, 1940, 8mm, b/n, 7’

Re-enactment of amateur/experimental cinema

Screening of analogue selected footage and excerpts from the Home Movies archive


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