Library for A-Scientific Film 2012–2015. Reflection
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In the artistic research project Library for A-Scientific Film I explored the ‘genre’ of Scientific Research Film (SRF) as a format for artistic film production. My research focussed on SRF as established by the German Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF)1, a leading institution in the field of scientific film. The IWF’s explicit aim was to make films for science that utilise the medium as a tool for the production of scientific evidence for an expert audience. These films are distinctly different from films about science, and documentaries, which use film as a means of communication for a general audience. Based on my previous work in film and film installation – dealing with historical events and phenomena such as the advent of electric light, or church architecture from the 1950s – this artistic research project is a continuation of my exploration of the artistic appropriation of cinematic genres located at the margins of the documentary, such as police documentation footage, the chronicle, or photogrammetric motion studies. In this written reflection of the project, I will summarise the specificities and characteristics of the genre of SRF in order to then discuss how I dealt with particular aspects of it in my practical experiments – that is in three films/film installations: Two Films about Pressure, Suspended Duration and Safe Disassembly. In Chapter 3, I will lay out the different modes of dissemination of these projects. In Chapter 4, I will review a selection of movements and theories that have provided inspiration and entry points for a critical reading of the genre and my appropriation of it, and in the final chapter I will gather some concluding remarks on my project and provide an outlook for the further trajectories of this project.
Kristisk refleksjon. Stipendiatprogrammet for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid.