REFRAME is excited to announce the launch of possibly its most international project to date, one with exciting connections to several highly esteemed publications in film and media studies, as well as important developments and events in our field.

The Audiovisual Essay is a new website devoted to the practice and theory of videographic film and moving image studies. This website will serve three main functions:

  • As an online repository for the papers, discussions and screening programme of an international conference and workshop on The Audiovisual Essay: Practice and Theory, organised by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López (supported by and Vinzenz Hediger of Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany). These events took place in November 2013 at the DeutschesFilmmuseum – Deutsches Filminstitut, in Frankfurt in partnership with Film and Audiovisual Media at Goethe University. The section of the website where these materials can be accessed — titled The Frankfurt Papers (co-edited by Cristina Álvarez López, Catherine Grant and Adrian Martin) — can be found here.
  • As a companion publication to issue 1.3 of the new peer-reviewed journal [in]Transition, A collaboration betweenMediaCommons and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ official publication, Cinema Journal, [in]Transition is the first peer-reviewed academic periodical specifically given over to videographic film and moving image studies. Issue 1.3(edited by Catherine Grant), was devoted to a sustained reflection on the practice and theory of the audiovisual essay form, with particular reference to its emerging procedures and uses in film and moving image criticism and research. The table of contents for this section (also edited by Catherine Grant) can be found here.
  • And it will also continue as a rolling publication for continuing reflections on and resources concerning the practice and theory of the audiovisual essay. The table of contents for this section (co-edited by Cristina Álvarez López, Catherine Grant, Chiara Grizzaffi, Hoi Lun Law, Adrian Martin, Lara Perski) can be found here.

Why not take a look at some of the emerging audiovisual approaches to audiovisual subjects:

Catherine Grant,
Producer/Director of the Audiovisual Essay website

Editor of REFRAME
September 2014

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