The Films of Bill Morrison

Aesthetics of the Archive

Edited by Bernd Herzogenrath

The Films of Bill Morrison

Edited by Bernd Herzogenrath

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

228 pages | 4 color plates, 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089649966 Published January 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison has been making films that combine archival footage and contemporary music for decades, and he has recently begun to receive substantial recognition: he was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and his 2002 film Decasia was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This is the first book-length study of Morrison's work, covering the whole of his career. It gathers specialists throughout film studies to explore Morrison's "aesthetics of the archive"—his creative play with archival footage and his focus on the materiality of the medium of film.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Aesthetics of the Archive: An Introduction
Bernd Herzogenrath
1 Drafts and Fragments: Reflections around Bill Morrison and the Paper Print Collection
André Habib
2 The Film of Her: The Cine-Poet Laureate of Orphan Films
Dan Streible
3 Ghost Trip: Searching for Potential Myths
Benjamin Léon
4 Decasia: The Matter|Image: Film is also a Thing
Bernd Herzogenrath
5 The Mesmerist: Illustrating the Return of the Repressed
Hans Morgenstern
6 Light is Calling: Celluloid Dreams
Hanjo Berressem
7 Gotham: Zoetrope: Block by Block
8 Outerborough: Early Cinema Revisited
Jan-Christopher Horak
9 The Highwater Trilogy: Thinking the Liquid – on the Ethics of Water and the Material Ecologies of Disaster and Ruination
Yasmin Afshar
10 Porch: Archives, Collective Memory, and the Poetics of Home Movies
William Cusick
11 The Future Lasts Long: The Romanov Lost Family Archives
Agnès Villete
12 Who by Water: Variations on Matter, Figures, Memory, and Mythology
Andrea Pierron
13 Every Stop on the F-Train: Beyond and Within the Restless Netherworld of (Manhattan’s Mind)
Benjamin Betka
14 Spark of Being: Bachelor Machine
Bérénice Reynaud
15 The Miners’ Hymns: Acts of Resurrection
Simon Popple
16 Tributes – Pulse: A Requiem for the 20th Century: Death | Drive | Image
Johannes Binotto
17 Just Ancient Loops: The Loops of Life in Intonation
Eva Hoffmann
18 The Great Flood: Water is Transparence Derived from the Presence  of Everything
Sukhdev Sandhu
19 Re-Awakening: Bill Morrison in Conversation
Lawrence Weschler
Index of Film Titles
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
 
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