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Eye International Conference 2019

25 - 29 May 2019

WSS10/Eye International Conference 2019 - Sisters

Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), an international conference held biennially, brings together research focusing on all forms of women’s presence in the earliest decades of motion picture history. After its first edition in Utrecht in 1999, the conference is coming back to the Netherlands to celebrate its twentieth year. The theme of WSS X is Sisters, taken both literally and figuratively within a wide range of theoretical and historical angles.

The Eye International Conference, held annually, explores contemporary archival and academic debates, catering to film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, curators, and restorers. The conference includes panels and special screenings of (restored) films.

For any inquiries, you may contact conference@eyefilm.nl

regular passe-partout: €190,-
student passe-partout: €95,-

Registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday, and lunch on Tuesday.

regular day ticket €100,-
student day ticket €50,-

regular day ticket €100,-
student day ticket €50,-

regular day ticket €50,-
student day ticket €25,-

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programme

Saturday 25th May: Meet the Archive

Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Cinema 1

12:00 - 13:20: Meet the Archive: The IMAX of 120 years ago

  • Screening: Two restored films by George Pàl (De Tooveratlas (The Magic Atlas, 1935) and Vriend in Nood (A Friend in Need, 1940))
  • Opening of Meet the Archive  by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator) and Frank Roumen (Director of Collections)
  • Presentation: Expo 70 by Rommy Albers (Senior Curator Dutch Film) and Mark Paul Meyer (Senior Curator Expanded Cinema)
  • Presentation: The IMAX of 120 Years Ago:  the 68mm Mutoscope & Biograph-collection (1897-1902) by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator) and Anne Gant (Head of Film Conservation and Digital Access)

14:05 - 15:25: Meet the Archive: The Art of Bodybuilding - Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Presentation: Japanese film posters by Soeluh van den Berg (Head of Film-related Collections)
  • Presentation: The Art of Bodybuilding - Arnold Schwarzenegger by Simona Monizza (Curator Experimental Film) and Babeth VanLoo (Filmmaker)
  • Presentation: Berlin Wall and The Sex Pistols by Simona Monizza (Curator Experimental Film)
  • DVD presentation: Frans van de Staak by Mark Paul Meyer (Senior Curator Expanded Cinema)
  • DVD presentation: Joost Rekveld by Simona Monizza (Curator Experimental Film and Joost Rekveld)
  • Presentation: Nil Dacapo by Rommy Albers (Senior Curator Dutch Film)

16:10 - 18:00:   Meet the Archive: Âmes de fous 

  • Screening: four recently preserved Pathé films (1901-1903)
  • Presentation: Re-using Eye’s collection by Dorette Schootemeijer (Curator Amateur Film)
  • Screening: Âmes de fous (Germaine Dulac, FR 1918), introduced by Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Curator Silent Cinema) and presented by Clément Lafite (Light Cone; Ciné-Archives) and Emilie Cauquy (Cinémathèque Française)
  • Book launch: From Grain to Pixel. The Archival Life of Film in Transition (revised edition) by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator, Eye and Professor of Film Heritage, UvA), Jane M. Gaines (Professor of Film, Columbia University), Eef Masson (Coordinator MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, UvA) and Dan Streible (Associate Professor, New York University)
  • Opening of the WSS10/Eye International Conference 2019 - Sisters by Sandra den Hamer (Director, Eye), Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator, Eye; Professor of Film Heritage, Uva) and Jennifer Horne (Women and Film History International; Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz)

18:00: Opening Drinks WSS10/Eye International Conference 2019 - Sisters

20:30: Evening Programme: Roosbeef plays: Filibus

  • Words of welcome by Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum; University of Amsterdam)
  • Screening: Filibus (Mario Roncoroni, IT 1915, ’69, DCP)
    • Introduced by Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum), with live musical accompaniment by Roosbeef
Sunday 26th May: Conference day 1

Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Cinema 1

10:00 - 10:30: Opening words by Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum; University of Amsterdam) and Susan Potter (Women and Film History International; University of Sydney)

  • Screening: Screening Sisters – Film compilation from the Eye Collection, with introduction by Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum)

10:30 - 11:30: Keynote: Silent Film Actresses and their Versatile Capacities by Annette Förster, with introduction by Asli Ozgen-Tuncer (University of Amsterdam)

11:30 - 13:00: Sisters, Inc. 
Chair - Mark Lynn Anderson (University of Pittsburgh). Mark Lynn Anderson is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh where he hosted Women and the Silent Screen VIII in 2015. He is currently completing a monograph on the career of director, producer, screenwriter, and social advocate Dorothy Davenport Reid.

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:30: Working with Hidden Histories
Chair - Jane M. Gaines (Columbia University). Jane M. Gaines is Professor of Film, Columbia University. Author of two award-winning books, Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law and Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era, in 2018 she received the Distinguished Career Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She was also awarded an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Scholarly Grant for work on Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? and the Women Film Pioneers project.

15:30 - 15:50: Break

15:50 - 17:40: Radical Feelings: Feminism, Affect, Early Cinema
Chair - Tami Williams (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Tami Williams is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations (2014). She is Editor of Global Cinema Networks (2018), The Moving Image, 16.1: Early Cinema and the Archives (2016), and President of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema.

17:40 - 18:00: Break

18:00 - 19:00: Show and Tell: Sisters on Screen
Chair - Marty Norden (University of Massachusetts Amherst). Marty Norden teaches film history and screenwriting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His publications include Lois Weber: Interviews (Mississippi, 2019) and Pop Culture Matters (Cambridge Scholars, 2019). This year marks the 25th anniversary of his book on Hollywood’s representation of people with disabilities, The Cinema of Isolation (Rutgers, 1994).

19:00 - 20:30: Dinner

20:30: Screening: The Twins + The Women of Ryazan
Both screenings are introduced by Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi. Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi is the Curator of Silent Film at Eye Filmmuseum. Since 1999, she has worked on the discovery, restoration, and presentation of many presumed lost films, often featuring the work of partly forgotten actresses and filmmakers. She has been a Women and Film History International Steering Committee member since 2014.

  • The Twins (Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley, USA 1911, 15'40", 35mm), with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
  • ​​​​The Women of Ryazan (Olga Preobrazhenskaya and Ivan Pravov, RU 1927, ’67, DCP with recorded score by Ig Henneman)
Monday 27th May: Conference day 2

Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Cinema 1

10:00 - 10:30: Screening and opening words by Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum)

10:30 - 11:30: Keynote: The Girl in Room 20: Intersectionality and Film History by Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Stewart (University of Chicago), with introduction by Jennifer Horne (Women and Film History International; University of California, Santa Cruz)

11:30 - 13:00: Sisters in Writing
Chair - Drake Stutesman (Framework / New York University). Drake Stutesman is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, teaching theoretical film costume. She edits the peer-reviewed journal Framework. Recent work includes the book Hat: Origins, Language, Style (Reaktion Books, 2019) and essays on melodrama, the 1960s, and subjectivity. She is writing a biography of costume designer, Clare West.

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:30: Sorority and Society
Chair - Minette Hillyer (Victoria University of Wellington). Minette Hillyer teaches in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research considers cultural performance and pedagogy in popular and social-scientific moving image texts and sites in New Zealand and the USA, from the 1910s to the mid-1950s.

15:30 - 15:50: Break

15:50 - 17:40: Enacting Sisters: Les Deux Orphelines across Media and Cultures
Chair - Annette Förster. Annette Förster (PhD) is an independent Scholar and Film Curator and a specialist in histories of women's filmmaking and acting in the silent cinema and the popular stage. Her book Women in the Silent Cinema. Histories of Fame and Fate (Amsterdam University Press/Eye, 2017) on the careers of Adriënne Solser, Musidora and Nell Shipman, was included in the Choice List of Outstanding Academic Titles 2017. In 1999 she co-initiated the bi-annual Women and the Silent Screen conferences.

17:40 - 18:00: Break

18:00 - 19:00: Show and Tell: Sister(s in the) Archives
Chair - Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum; University of Amsterdam). Giovanna Fossati is Chief Curator of Eye Filmmuseum and Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition (2009 and 2018, revised edition) and co-author of Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (2015).

19:00 - 20:30: Dinner

20:30: Presentation: Sisters of a Revolution, Karola Gramann and Heide Schlüpmann (Kinothek Asta Nielsen)

  • Screening: Lights of Old Broadway (Monta Bell, USA 1925, ‘70, 35mm), live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
    The 35mm print of Lights of Old Broadway was restored in 2018 by the Library of Congress in collaboration with UCLA Film and Television Archive. This beautifully restored film turned out to be one of the most appreciated silent film restorations presented at the world’s biggest archival festival Il Cinema Ritrovato in 2018.
Tuesday 28th May: Conference day 3

Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Cinema 1

09:00 - 10:00: Women and Film History International Business Meeting (Location: Room at the Top, Eye Filmmuseum)

10:00 - 10:30: Opening words by Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum; University of Amsterdam)

10:30 - 12:00: Sibling Formats and Contexts
Chair - Jennifer Horne (University of California, Santa Cruz). Jennifer Horne teaches in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a Women and Film History International Steering Committee member and has served on the National Film Preservation Board since 2005. She has presented at Women and the Silent Screen Conference in Montreal, Guadalajara, Stockholm, Bologna, Pittsburgh, and Shanghai.

12:00 - 13:00: Roundtable: Auteurs of the Photoplay: Uncovering the Contributions of the Great Female Writers of Silent Cinem

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:30: Show and Tell + Academic Papers: Performing Sisters
Chair - Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum)

15:30 - 15:50: Break

15:50 - 17:40: Early Cinema's Reproductive Imaginaries
Chair - Kiki Loveday (University of California, Santa Cruz). Kiki Loveday is a Multimedia Visual Artist who has exhibited in venues from UnionDocs (NYC) to The Huntington (LA). She Co-founded The Women in the Director’s Chair Oral History project at Tisch, NYU. Currently she is completing her dissertation, Sapphic Cinemania! Female Authorship, Queer Desires, and the Birth of Cinema.

17:40 - 18:00: Break

18:00 - 19:00: Show and Tell: Women's Labour
Chair - Asli Ozgen-Tuncer (University of Amsterdam). Asli Ozgen-Tuncer is a Film Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She completed her doctoral thesis at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis on the aesthetics and politics of cinematic pedestrianism. A member of Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image MA programme, Asli is also a widely-published Film Critic.

18:45: Closing remarks by Minette Hillyer (Women and Film History International; Victoria University of Wellington) and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum)
Closing announcements by Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum; University of Amsterdam) and Dan Streible (NYU Orphan Film Symposium)

Wednesday 29th May: Activities at the Eye Collection Centre

Activities at the Eye Collection Centre
Location: 
Eye Collection Centre (Asterweg 26)
Registration to individual activities is required. This can be done during the conference at the Guest Desk.

10:00 - 11:20 & 11:40 - 13:00: Film Identification Sessions (2 sessions), Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum)

  • Having many silent cinema experts at Eye for WSS10/Eye International Conference 2019 - Sisters, in this session we will join forces and try to identify some unknown archival footage, screened digitally without sound. The participants are invited to exchange ideas, provide helpful tips, and consult online sources during the projection. This film identification session acts as a pilot for future events to be picked up by other FIAF archives to facilitate the professional exchange of knowledge and expertise among archivists and scholars, in the hope that more and more lost films will resurface.

10:00 - 10:30, 11:00 - 11:30, 12:00 - 12:30: EYE-D interactive presentation, Jeroen de Mol (Eye Filmmuseum)

  • EYE-D is a digital platform automating the archival and delivery process of digital and digitized film. EYE-D’s player allows users to view and order films in virtually every desirable format using the FFmpeg library. Footage can be instantly shared with third parties and collections can be made. These features allow curators, programmers, researchers and students to gather assets belonging to a certain topic, program, director or any imaginable criteria. During this interactive presentation, Jeroen de Mol will guide participants and assist them to use Eye’s EYE-D. Participants will be able to interact with EYE-D and ask questions in order to further their understanding of Eye’s platform.
    Jeroen de Mol works in the Digital Access department of Eye. In 2016 he became the product owner of EYE-D.

10:00 - 11:00, 11:00 - 12:00 & 12:00 - 13:00: Tours of the Eye Collection Centre

Practicalities

Dates and Location

Dates: Saturday May 25 to Wednesday May 29, 2019
Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Registration, Fees and Guest Desk

 

Fees

Regular

Students

Early Bird Passe-partout (25-29 May) before April 8

€160 €80

Passe-partout (25-29 May)

€190 €95

Day Ticket (Sunday 26 May)

€100 €50

Day Ticket (Monday 27 May)

€100 €50

Day Ticket (Tuesday 28 May)

€50 €25

 

  • Wednesday 29 May is for free for anyone with a valid Conference ticket
  • Registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday; and lunch on Tuesday

Refund policy
Please note that if you should have to cancel your registration, no refund will be issued

 

Opening hours Guest Desk
Upon your arrival at Eye Filmmuseum please check-in at the Guest Desk at the entrance hall. There you can show your ticket (and student card if applicable to you) and receive your conference badge.

Saturday 25 May - Meet the Archive
11:00 - 17:30
Sunday 26 May - Conference Plenary Sessions 
09:00 - 19:00
Monday 27 May - Conference Plenary Sessions 
09:00 - 10:00,13:00 - 14:00, 15:30 - 15:50, 17:40 - 18:00
Tuesday 28 May - Conference Plenary Sessions 
09:00 - 10:00,13:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 29 May - Activities at Eye Collection Centre 
GUEST DESK CLOSED

 

Public transport strike Tuesday 28 May

How to get to Eye on Tuesday May 28?

From 05AM a massive 24-hour strike by public transportation workers is scheduled. There are no trams, no busses, no metros and no ferries. 
For the conference attendees, Eye has organised busses from and to the city centre (Museumplein) in the morning and evening.

The busses will leave in front of Stedelijk Museum (H23 on the map).
This is the schedule:

8.15: bus from Stedelijk Museum to Eye
9.15: 2 busses from Stedelijk Museum to Eye
20.00: 2 busses from Eye to Stedelijk Museum
23.15: bus from Eye to Stedelijk Museum

Other option:
If you have a bike, you can cycle through the IJ Tunnel on 28 May by bicycle. From the IJ Tunnel it is approximately 20 minutes by bike to Eye. Pedestrians are not allowed in one of the tunnels.

 

 

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Programme Committee
  • Annette Förster (WFHI) 
  • Giovanna Fossati (Eye/UvA)
  • Minette Hillyer (WFHI/Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Jennifer Horne (WFHI/University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Asli Ozgen-Tuncer (UvA)
  • Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye)
  • Gerdien Smit (Eye)
  • Eleni Tzialli (Eye)
Steering Committee

Eye International Conference

  • Giovanna Fossati (President)
  • Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
  • Frank Roumen (Eye Collection Day)

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