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The University of Southampton

After Uniqueness: Art, Film, Reproducibility Seminar

Centre for International Film Research
Perfected and demonstrated
16:00 - 18:00
19 February 2019
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Huw Jones at .

Event details

Part of the Centre for International Film Research 2018/19 seminar programme. All welcome. Presented in conjunction with Archaeologies of Media and Technology, Winchester School of Art.


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?

Speaker information

Dr Erika Balsom, Kings College London. 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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