Film scholar Martha Blassnigg passed away

6 October 2015

EYE reports with sadness the sudden death of Martha Blassnigg on September 27. Martha worked for EYE as a film restorer at EYE from 2000 to 2001 and also worked as a projectionist for Kriterion and Buena Vista International. In the following years, Martha grew into an accomplished film scholar. 

After her years in Amsterdam she went to the University of Plymouth, where she obtained her doctorate with a thesis on Time, Memory, Consciousness and the Cinema Experience and was appointed Associate Professor there. 

In the years that followed, Martha grew into an accomplished scholar who together with Professor Michael Punt was the driving force behind the Anthropology of Media School of Art and Media (Faculty of Arts & Humanities) and the Transtechnology Research Group at the University of Plymouth. Her great strength lay in her transdisciplinary approach to issues in the field of film and anthropology, for which she managed to initiate and create various pioneering research projects. 

Together with her team she was the motor behind a number of European projects, including two research projects involving EYE, such as the HERA project ‘Technology, Exchange and Flow: Artistic Media Practices & Commercial Application’ (TEF). This project led to a conference, ‘Advertising the Sublime’, at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, and a public programme in EYE in 2013. 

In addition, Martha was the prime mover behind the Marie Curie project ‘CogNovo: Creativity and Cognitive Innovation’. In 2013, Light Image Imagination, a book she edited , appeared in EYE’s Framing Film series published by Amsterdam University Press.

Martha died at the age of 46 on September 27 of cardiac arrest while on a walking trip in Germany with good friends. 

Her death is  a great loss and we will miss Martha immensely. Our thoughts are with her family and her colleagues in Plymouth.