Introducing Film Notes

Introducing Film Notes

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Sergei M. Eisenstein, from the book Notes for a General History of Cinema, 1945–46.

June 17, 2024
Introducing Film Notes
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We are delighted to announce the launch of Film Notes, a new publication dedicated to exploring the intersection of cinema and contemporary art. Film Notes builds on e-flux’s extensive engagement with the moving image, examining the convergence of cinema—traditionally housed in movie theaters—and visual art—conventionally displayed in galleries and museums. This convergence has grown significantly over the last thirty years, necessitating a reflection on the multiple histories and evolving dynamics at this intersection.

Film Notes features conversations with artists and filmmakers, scripts, and experimental writing on the moving image from around the world. As Agnieszka Polska states in this week’s conversation with Film Notes, “Initially, my films were heavily influenced by art history, exploring what it means to be an artist and the responsibilities that come with it. However, gradually I decided to move away from making films solely for art curators and artists. I became ashamed at the thought that a person without interest in art history might not understand my work.” Film Notes takes this gesture as a guide: in publishing these conversations, the platform aspires to make the vast range of artists’ stylistic and conceptual approaches clear to an ever wider audience. Conversations with the artists will be accompanied by critical reflections from scholars of art and film, as well as (re)published historical texts that have been overlooked or excluded from the grand narratives of film theory and history but that remain relevant to today’s moving image art. New content will be published weekly, usually on Mondays.

The inaugural June edition of e-flux Film Notes features an extensive introduction by a film curator and researcher Lukas Brasiskis and a conversation with artist Agnieszka Polska about her work and the future of filmmaking in the age of AI. Coming soon are Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1969 essay “Cinema and Oral Language,” which offers fascinating insights into the experimental use of voice and language in films, and an excerpt from Anton Vidokle’s script for a forthcoming film, co-directed with Liam Gillick, that provides a glimpse into the artists’ process of worldbuilding.

Read Film Notes on e-flux.com.

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