The well-known American archivist and filmmaker Rick Prelinger will be visiting Pamplona from the11th to the 16th of March 2019 to conduct a workshop during the thirteenth edition of Punto de Vista, the International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra.
The workshop, which bears the title "Participatory Cinema: Assembly over algorithm" will be held in collaboration with the Huarte Contemporary Art Centre and will consist of multiple sessions in which those attending will collectively construct a feature-length documentary film using local film archives which will be screened as part of the Festival.
In order to do this, they will analyse the role of archival material as active memory banks of the 21stcentury using cases such as Prelinger’s series of 'historical interventions' Lost Landscapes and researching the local footage available.
With this workshop, Punto de Vista will resume its production work, which began with the series of films XFilms,and the introduction in the 12thedition of the "Punto de Vista Labs". These collective creation laboratories gave rise to the production of The sound we see: Pamplona with the Echo Park Film Center and local artists in 2018, and will also provide the setting for "Participatory Cinema: Assembly over algorithm” with Rick Prelinger in 2019.
The film emerging from the collective work with Prelinger will be shown to the public on the last day of the Festival and will be just one of several interventions by the artist in the 13thedition of Punto de Vista, in which he will share and analyse part of his extensive collection in a programme specially curated for the Festival. His participation comes thanks to the support of the Elias Querejeta Film School, which is once again collaborating with Punto de Vista by helping to attract relevant figures from the international scene.
Rick Prelinger is an archivist, filmmaker, professor at the University of California and founder of the Prelinger Archives (a collection of audiovisuals available to the public). He has been a key figure in the field of archival footage since 1985 and his collection is now represented worldwide by Getty Images. He is a board member of the Internet Archive and founder, along with Megan Prelinger, of the Prelinger Library, a private research library in downtown San Francisco which encourages appropriation.
Participants can sign up one month before the workshop starts at .
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