On February 20, 2020, Interim Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Professor Catherine Grant, gave an invited talk at the University of Pittsburgh, in its Film and Media Colloquium series.

Talk Abstract

According to Mikhail Iampolski, intertextuality is a helpful concept for understanding processes by which allusions to other films or texts are used in filmic figurations; it can also guide us to explore the complex chains of associations that make up the energy and power of individual films. These are processes of making and seeing that are motivated by intertextuality – acts of “poiesis”. So what would make more sense in the context of screen media studies than to investigate them in the form of experimental audiovisual works?

Following an introduction by Prof. Charles Exley, Associate Director of Film and Media Studies, University of Pittsburgh, in her lecture “The Poiesis of Cinematic Allusionism”, in the recording embedded above, Grant discusses some of her videographic approaches to these matters (with a particular focus on her 2019 video essay “The Haunting of The Headless Woman”).

Videos discussed:

Also see Catherine Grant, “Déjà viewing?: videographic experiments in intertextual film studies,” Mediascape : UCLA’s Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Winter 2013. Online at: http://www.tft.ucla.edu/mediascape/Winter2013_DejaViewing.html