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Reimagining Silent Film through Screenshot: Silent Asia

Exley, Charles (2020) Reimagining Silent Film through Screenshot: Silent Asia. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Unpublished)

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"Screenshot: Silent Asia is a multidisciplinary, collaborative project which combines scholarship, creative digital composition, and performance to explore the crucial relationship between silent Asian film practices of the early 20th century and the resurgence and remediation of silent film today. Today, artists are creating new cinema experiences, combining old and new media forms and performance techniques to produce new artworks. Moreover, the relationship between historical scholarship and remediated art is becoming closer as scholars construct their own media projects.
Each semester, Screenshot: Silent Asia will bring one of these performances to the university as a forum for scholarly exploration and analysis. Next year’s schedule includes a twelve person Pyeonsa (silent film narrator) group bringing life to Korean silent films as well as the unveiling of a new musical score for a 1929 silent Indian film. Each event will feature round-table discussions among silent Asian film scholars, performance scholars, as well as historians that can explore the role of colonialism and other related issues in remediated objects.
This project impacts scholarship in several significant ways. First, these are rare events both in and out of the United States, and thus they provide a new opportunity for scholars to examine and understand these performances. Moreover, the project creates a framework through which to consider the relationship between historical scholarship—which has been crucial in creating these remediations--and new multimedia art projects.
Additionally, the project will develop scholarship and other work that itself uses remediation processes. Using interviews, cross-disciplinary discussion and close analysis, it will facilitate the construction of multimedia scholarly essays (both as a running audio podcast series and individual video essays). Finally, the project aims through collaboration with the music department to create alternative musical scores or its own multimedia performance."


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Exley, Charlesexley@pitt.eduexley0000-0002-9385-2426
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2020
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/w4g3-y796
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Refereed: No
Other ID: 3453
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 16:36
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 22:47


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