Featuring the work of specialists from Europe, the United States and
Asia, the conference works from the assumption that economic development
requires industrial organization, while industrial organization
requires communication and communication requires media.
together perspectives from cinema and media studies, economic history
and science and technology studies, this conference aims to develop an
analytical framework for understanding the uses of art in industry and
the media culture of industry.
The conference is open to the
public and includes screenings of rare films from archives in the United
States, Great Britain, Italy and Central and Eastern Europe.
Conference Locations, Frankfurt am Main:
– Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schaumainkai 17
– Kino im Deutschen Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41
Programm on December 18, 2015:
9 – 10:45 a.m.
The Poetry of Industry 2: Sound
Alessandro Cecchi (Pisa)
Creative Films for Creative Corporations: Audiovisual Experimentation in Italian Industrial Films of the Economic Miracle and After
Annette Davison (Edinburgh) Listening to Shell’s (Films)
Chair: Marion Saxer (Professor of Musicology, Universität Frankfurt/M.)
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Industrial Cinema as Assemblage and Resource
Ira Plein (Luxemburg)
Beautiful Luxembourg, Steel Works and a Swimmingpool.
Notes on the Corporate Film Columeta (1921/22) and the Echo of Motifs in Luxembourgian Presentations of the Steel Industry
Alain Michel (Paris)
War, Peace and Education: Aux usines Renault and the Different Uses of the Same Moving Picture from 1917 to 1925
Chair: Sonia Campanini (Professor of Film Culture, Universität Frankfurt/M.)
1-2 p.m. Lunch break
Screening 5 (@ Museum für Angewandte Kunst)
Czech and Sovjet Industrial Cinema
(curated and presented by Lucie Cesalkova and Maria Vinogradova)
Zemeˇ se otevírá / The Earth Opens (Jan Libora, 193, 11’, 35mm, BW)
Zdarˇ Bu ̊h, hoši / Godspeed, Guys (Jiří Krejčík, 1944, 15’, 35mm, BW)
Hrdinové práce / Heroes of Labour (Jiří Krejčík, 1945, 15’, 35mm, BW)
Bitva pod zemí / Underground Battle (Drahoslav Holub, 1949, 15’, 35mm, BW)
Mechanisace dolu ̊ / Mechanisation of Mines (František Lukáš, 1951, 13’, 16mm, BW; screening format Full HD/h264) Budnii Vecher / A Weeknight (MIIT-Film, Moscow, 1964, 9’, 35mm, BW)
V trude i na dosuge / At Work and Leisure (Amateur Film Studio of Ball-Bearing Factory No. 1 (GPZ No1), Moscow, 10’, 35mm, color)
Takoe bol’shoe pole / Such A Vast Field (Peoples’ Film Studio of DK Proftekhobrazovania, Leningrad, 1977, 10’, 35mm, BW)
Panel Discussion: The Afterlives of an Ephemeral Form
Jan-Ottmar Hesse (Bayreuth; economic history/media studies)
Anja Laukötter (Berlin; history of science/film studies) Thomas Turnbull (Oxford; history of technology)
Daniela Zetti (Zurich; history of technology/media studies)
Moderators: Yvonne Zimmermann, Florian Hoof and Vinzenz Hediger
The whole program and all further information can be found in the attached PDF.