Brakhage Center


The Brakhage Center Symposium began in April, 2005 as a forum to discuss and explore contemporary experimental film. It brings guest contemporary filmmakers, scholars, critics, and curators to the Brakhage Center on an annual basis.  Guest lecturers add to the resources and programs housed in the Center for students, faculty, graduates, and the community. The 2007 Symposium was the first held in the new ATLAS building. In 2009, the CU Film Studies Program expanded the one-day symposium to a special two day event, and in 2010 to a three-day program  with film/video screenings, special guest lectures, and intellectual discussions.

Media Arts and Cinema Poetics:
The 9th Annual Brakhage Center Symposium
March 16th and 17th
All events will be held in the
CU Boulder Visual Arts Complex room 1B20.

Through screenings and discussions the 9th Brakhage symposium will explore art practices, and assumptions about cinema art, the historical avant-garde and the media arts. We have seen, for many decades, the parallel development of experimental filmmaking art alongside electronic moving image making. This year’s symposium will play host to perspectives on the relation and poetics of these practices.

This years programmers are: Glenn Phillips, Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute,
Mark Toscano, Archivist and Preservationist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Don Yannacito, University of Colorado Boulder First Person Cinema Guest Filmmaker Programmer. Artists Jennifer Reeder and Jennifer West will be joined by Sally Dixon (former Director of Film In the Cities program ), Suranjan Ganguly (University of Colorado, Boulder), John Powers (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Tom Gunning (University of Chicago).

(Jennifer Reeder will be a visiting artist with the Department of Art and Art History.)

Special guests Steina and Woody Vasulka will be attendance.

For information on the 2013 Brakhage Symposium,
contact Eric Coombs by email.

Admission is free, but due to limited seating capacity, registration is recommended.

Please contact Eric Coombs to Register.

Sponsored by:

The William H. Donner Foundation
The CU Film Studies Program
Center for Media Arts & Performance in ATLAS
Donner Canadian Foundation
Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Polly and Mark Addison

Please continue to visit this page for further updates and developments as we plan the symposium!

COST: All events are free and open to the public.

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LOCATIONS:  All events will be on held on the University of Colorado Campus in Boulder Colorado

Saturday and Sunday events will be held in the Visual Arts Complex Auditorium Room 1B20

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