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Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Dr Erika Balsom Guest Talk "After Uniqueness" Event

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16:00 - 18:00
19 February 2019
Lecture Theatre C (Building 65), Avenue Campus, University of Southampton

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Event details

Dr Erika Balsom (King’s College London) will talk about topics related to her book 'After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation'. The talk takes place on Avenue Campus and is co-organised with Film Studies at the University of Southampton.


“After Uniqueness: Art, Film, Reproducibility”

Images have never been as freely circulated as they are today. They have also never been so tightly controlled. As with the birth of photography, digital reproduction has created new possibilities for the duplication and consumption of images, offering greater dissemination and access, but has also stoked anxieties concerning authenticity and ownership. In short, the reproduction of images figures as both promise and threat. How have artists engaging with the moving image navigated this ambivalence of reproducibility, both historically and in the contemporary moment? What might the history of the moving image in art look like if retold through the lens of circulation?



Erika Balsom is a senior lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London. Her book After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. She is the author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, and Sight & Sound. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals including Cinema Journal, e-flux, and Grey Room. In 2017, she was the international film curator in residence at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Zealand, resulting in the 2018 screening programme and publication An Oceanic Feeling: Cinema and the Sea. In 2018, she was awarded a Leverhulme Prize and the Katherine Singer Kovacs essay award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

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