Film Curatorship

Archives, Museums, and the Digital Marketplace

Edited by Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Francis, Alexander Horwath, and Michael Loebenstein

Austrian Film Museum

Film Curatorship

Pub Date: November 2008

ISBN: 9783901644245

240 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $32.50£28.00

Film Curatorship

Archives, Museums, and the Digital Marketplace

Edited by Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Francis, Alexander Horwath, and Michael Loebenstein

Austrian Film Museum

What are the major issues and challenges film archives, cinémathèques, and film museums are bound to face in the digital age, and at a time when there is an expectation of access on demand? What is curatorship, and what does it imply in the context of film preservation and presentation? Is there a concept of the “film artifact” that transcends the idea of film as “content” or “art” in the information age?

Film Curatorship is an experiment: a collective text, a montage of dialogues, conversations, and exchanges among four professionals representing three generations of film archivists and curators. It calls for an open philosophical and ethical debate on fundamental questions the profession must come to terms with in the twenty-first century.

This book is jointly published with Le Giornate del Cinema muto, Pordenone, Italy.
A fascinating examination of the nature of cinema itself. Sight & Sound
The volume on hand is actually about curatorship in the original sense: how people build up a collection of (art) objects and related materials, take care of the corpus created, and show parts of it in a way that makes sense of the objects and thus helps create further levels of enlightenment and meaning. CinemaScope