Three 15-minute presentations.
Richard Rushton, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK
“On Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive”
Beginning in June 2019, ‘Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive: 1930s Britain and Beyond’ is a three-year project funded by the AHRC. The project will digitise and make freely available, via a dedicated website, materials relating to research conducted by professor Annette Kuhn during the 1990s and 2000s which led to the publication of Kuhn’s book, An Everyday Magic (IB Tauris), in 2002. The materials consist primarily of interviews with British cinemagoers reflecting on their memories and experiences of cinemagoing in the 1930s. Here I explain some of the goals of the new project, how the project was conceived, some of the challenges to be faced, and some of the possible research results.
Richard Rushton is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Lancaster University. He is author of The Reality of Film (2011, Manchester UP), Cinema After Deleuze (2012, Continuum), and The Politics of Hollywood Cinema (2013, Palgrave). He is also co-editor of a book series, Visionaries: Thinking Through Female Filmmakers, published by Edinburgh UP. Forthcoming publications include Deleuze and Lola Montès(2020, Bloomsbury), and Stolen Kisses, Winter Light: On Nine European Filmmakers (2021, Manchester UP).
Sarah Neely, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK
"Cinema Memory, Sound and the Embodiment of Place"
This paper will reflect on the Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive project’s plans to create new audio walking tours drawing from the CCINTB archive’s collection of over 200 hours of interviews relating to memories of cinema-going in the 1930s. Created by sound artist, Suzy Angus, in collaboration with project Co-Investigator, Sarah Neely, two new audio walking tours will be produced in response to the earlier project’s fieldwork in Manchester and Glasgow, combining extracts from the original interviews with contemporary field recordings, alongside more constructed forms of soundscape evoking the particular memories described in the interviews and corresponding to the everyday sounds of the period (e.g. sounds of modern city life, such as trams, automobiles, etc.).
This paper, intended as an initial scoping exercise, will consider the potential for audio walking tours to enable a more embodied engagement with place, bridging the memories of past local cinema audiences with those of the present. The paper will take into account the sensorial dimensions of the user’s experience, including the pre-determined, pre-recorded aspects of the acoustic experience as well as the unforeseen sights and sounds that are likely to be encountered by participants as their own individual journey through the geographical area of the audio tour unfolds.
Sarah Neely is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her current research focuses on the areas of film history and memory, and artists' moving image. She is co-investigator on the three-year AHRC-funded project, Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive
José Carlos Lozano, Texas A&M International University, USA
"Film at the border: Memories of cinemagoing in Laredo, Texas’"
This article addresses the memories of 28 filmgoers between the ages of 64 and 95 in Laredo, Texas – a city located on the border between the United States and Mexico. It explores respondents’ memories of US and Mexican films, actors and local venues against the historical background of a fluid and complex border. In particular, it examines the negotiation of cultural identities among residents with strong connections to Mexican heritage but who are also influenced by the structural characteristics of the American political, economic and educational systems.
José Carlos Lozano is a full professor and Chair of the Psychology and Communication Department at Texas A&M International University (Laredo, Texas). He got his M.A. in Communication Research from Leicester University, England and his Ph.D. in International Communication and Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Regular Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences since 2007 and a fellow of the Mexican National System of Researchers (Level 3). He is the author of numerous books and journal articles in the areas of mass and international communication, in particular a textbook in mass communication theories widely used in Mexican and Latin American schools. He is Co-Principal investigator and coordinator of an international research project comparing the historical exhibition of films and cinema going in Laredo, Texas, Barcelona, Spain, Barranquilla, Colombia and the Mexican cities of Monterrey, Torreon, Tampico and Mexico City.