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Amateur film, Benjamin's aura and the archive or: the archive as amateur film's age of technological reproducibility

Eva Hielscher (UGent)
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Against the background of contemporary archival theory, stressing the active role of archives as shapers and (co-)creators of records, meaning and memory, this paper investigates the mechanisms of the film archive by discussing its relationship to amateur film. More precisely, as a critique of archival practices informed by readings of Benjamin, Derrida and Groys, the paper analyses the influence of the film archive on amateur film’s features of uniqueness and aura and focusses on preservation, restoration and presentation as the core tasks of a film archive.
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film preservation, film restoration, aura, home movies, film archives, amateur film

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Hielscher, Eva. 2012. “Amateur Film, Benjamin’s Aura and the Archive or: The Archive as Amateur Film's Age of Technological Reproducibility.” In L’archivo: XVIII Convegno Internazionale Di Studi Sul cinema/The Archive : XVIII International Film Studies Conference, ed. Alessandro Bordina, Sonia Campanini, and Andrea Mariani, 149–161. Udine, Italy: Forum.
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Hielscher, E. (2012). Amateur film, Benjamin’s aura and the archive or: the archive as amateur film's age of technological reproducibility. In A. Bordina, S. Campanini, & A. Mariani (Eds.), L’archivo: XVIII Convegno internazionale di studi sul cinema/The archive : XVIII International Film Studies Conference (pp. 149–161). Presented at the The archive : XVIII International Film Studies Conference : FilmForum 2011, Udine, Italy: Forum.
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Hielscher E. Amateur film, Benjamin’s aura and the archive or: the archive as amateur film's age of technological reproducibility. In: Bordina A, Campanini S, Mariani A, editors. L’archivo: XVIII Convegno internazionale di studi sul cinema/The archive : XVIII International Film Studies Conference. Udine, Italy: Forum; 2012. p. 149–61.
MLA
Hielscher, Eva. “Amateur Film, Benjamin’s Aura and the Archive or: The Archive as Amateur Film's Age of Technological Reproducibility.” L’archivo: XVIII Convegno Internazionale Di Studi Sul cinema/The Archive : XVIII International Film Studies Conference. Ed. Alessandro Bordina, Sonia Campanini, & Andrea Mariani. Udine, Italy: Forum, 2012. 149–161. Print.
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  author       = {Hielscher, Eva},
  booktitle    = {L'archivo: XVIII Convegno internazionale di studi sul cinema/The archive : XVIII International Film Studies Conference},
  editor       = {Bordina, Alessandro and Campanini, Sonia and Mariani, Andrea},
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  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Udine, Italy},
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  title        = {Amateur film, Benjamin's aura and the archive or: the archive as amateur film's age of technological reproducibility},
  year         = {2012},
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