Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Call for Applications - The City uploaded: Urban Intersections of Films and New Media
JULY 6 – JULY 11, 2015, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
In collaboration with the CEU Humanities Initiative, Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre and the Open Society Archives
Vlad Naumescu, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
FACULTY Katarina Cizek (TBC), National Film Board of Canada
Jord den Hollander, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands
François Penz, Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualisation and Communication, Martin Centre, Department of Architecture, Cambridge University, UK
Michael Stewart, Open City Docs Festival in London, UK / University College London, UK / Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION
The city has long fascinated documentary filmmakers and social theorists alike. From city symphonies to dystopic visions, the cinematic representation of the urban stands for modernity and its discontents. Pushing the boundaries of filmmaking towards new media and collaborative ventures, this course aims to reclaim the creative impulse filmmakers found in the city and put it to work in participants' projects. Urban space constitutes a privileged site for such experiments, not only due to its constant transformation, contestation and discovery, but also as a laboratory for aesthetic, collaborative and interdisciplinary explorations. Through its powerful social aesthetics film provides ideal tools to engage with the city, while the new media offer a space for new forms of documentary, storytelling and cross-media ventures to emerge. Together, they inspire innovative narrative forms that recreate the urban experience through open, collective modes of participation and interaction.
This course proposes an intensive, research-focused program for the creative development and experimentation with new forms of expression, engagement and collaboration in and of the city. For this it invites a number of selected projects and matches them with leading professionals in the field, who successfully combine film, multimedia practice and urban interventions in their own work. It offers theoretical and practical input and provides the space for urban researchers, filmmakers and multimedia artists to interact and collaborate towards accomplishing their own projects.
Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged.
Application deadline: February 14, 2015
For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site at