University of Oregon

Talk on Home Movie Archive Live Set for Thur., Apr. 18

Patricia ZimmermanPatricia Zimmerman, a leading proponent of home movies as “live” artistic and cultural documents, will give a free public talk on "The Home Movie Archive Live" at noon on Thursday, April 18, in Knight Library’s Proctor Classroom (Room 41).

Zimmerman will discuss how the home movie can be repositioned as open and active, no longer a mortuary of nostalgic historic images shrouded in longing, desire, and quaintness. Archival remix projects with live music, installations requiring walking, shows in clubs with multiple projections on walls, and guided bus tours with home movies on monitors chart the shape-shifting landscapes of the home movie archive live. The archive is reimagined not as a product but as a process, not as a place but as an encounter, not as a representation but as a collaborative, dynamic space.

Zimmerman is professor of screen studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and is the author of Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film (Indiana, 1995), States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies (Minnesota, 2000), and coeditor of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories (California, 2008).

The talk is sponsored by the UO Libraries and Cinema Pacific.


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