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Leiden University Researchlab: Expectations of the Cinematic Space

This month a new generation of curators and artists present their own programmes and remixes of material from EYE’s collection.

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Students enrolled in the Film and Photographic Studies master”s course at Leiden University have curated programmes featuring their own work and films from EYE”s collection (remixes).


The Research Labs in EYE on Art on 28 February and 16 May provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. In these Research Labs, students from ten art academies and universities put together a programme involving their own work and films (including remixes) from EYE”s collection. The Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. On 28 February and 16 May EYE will award a prize for the two best projects in collaboration with Heineken H41.

Jury: Mark-Paul Meyer, Eye film senior curator, Tessa Janssen, Eye producer & Edith van der Heijde, Eye experimental film distributor.

expectations of the cinematic space

The Reguliersbreestraat in Amsterdam seems like any other street in the city centre, oversaturated with, and catering mostly for, tourists. The street connects two popular public squares, Rembrandtplein and Muntplein, and is packed with fast food chains, pornographic shops and well-known national grocery stores. Historically, however, the street and its surroundings were known for its moving picture exhibition venues, housing most of the cinemas in the capital. It was the site of Nöggerath”s cinema, the Rembrandt theatre on Rembrandtplein and in the centre of the street there is the still fully operationalTuschinski film palace founded by the Polish immigrant Abraham Tuschinski. Opposite Tuschinski”s palace of dreams stands the Cineac building. Another film theatre but with a completely different function.

As of 2017, only Tuschinski is still a working cinema, while the other former theatres near Reguliersbreestraat have been transformed into different businesses. Our programme takes its cue from this idea, focusing especially on the Cineac building. The Cineac, which originally opened as a news cinema, became obsolete with the emergence of televised news. The building has since seen a succession of proprietors. Our film selection will reflect on the (re-)interpretation of the movie theatre. What purpose has it served, does it serve at present and will it serve in the future?

Our film programme offers both a metaphorical and a historical approach dealing with the transience of the film theatre/cinema. For the programme we have made a selection of short films, including a self-created film remix. Each of the selected films connects to the re-interpretation of the cinema based on a wide variety of themes and approaches, inviting the viewer to create an individual interpretation related to the subject and form his/her own idea of the cinema as a space.

(Source: Leiden University)


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