Circulation. Distribution. Exhibition.

Freitag, 21. September 2018, 11:00 Uhr bis 19:00 Uhr

Workshop with Erika Balsom, moderated by Fabienne Liptay, Carla Gabriela Engler, and Laura Walde
(at the Wochenende Im Bild in the Sciencefestival 100 Ways of Thinking)

The workshop invites young researchers and people working in the fields of media and the arts to discuss questions of the circulation, distribution, and exhibition of films in relation to their format. Whether a film can be seen in a theatre, on television, in a museum, or at a festival depends especially on whether its format is compatible with the given prerequisites. Formats, however, not only determine the technical requirements under which the media operate, they also provide the conditions under which films circulate within a variety of institutional and discursive, social and political contexts.

What is the relevance of the concept of the medium in relation to questions of circulation and exhibition? What is the relationship between the terms “medium” and “format”? Does digitization vitiate medium specificity? Why has the methodological shift to questions of circulation and exhibition occurred and does it spell an end for ontological inquiry?

How does the presence of the moving image in the museum illuminate contemporary problems of film theory, and how can the methods and concepts of film theory help to account for the presence of the moving image in the museum? What problems and opportunities emerge from this cinematic migration? What relationships exist between contemporary artists’ moving image practice and the historical modes of production, distribution, and exhibition proper to experimental film?

The workshop is hosted by the SNSF project “Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format”, Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich.


The first part (Film Screening and Introduction by Erika Balsom) will take place in Kino Xenix. This event is free and open to the public.
The second part (Lecture by Erika Balsom) will take place in Kunsthalle Zürich and is free and open to the public as well.
In the afternoon, Reading und Discussion Sessions will be a closed event for workshop participants. Registration for the workshop opens in mid-August.


09:30-11:00, Kino Xenix
Michael Snow, Wavelength, Canada 1967, 16mm, 45 min., and WVLNT (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time), Canada 2003, Video, 15 min.
Film screening with an introduction by Erika Balsom

12.00-13:30, Kunsthalle Zürich
Instant Failure: Polaroid’s Polavision and the Question of Format
Lecture by Erika Balsom

Veranstaltung auf Englisch

MitWorkshop with Erika Balsom, moderated by Fabienne Liptay, Carla Gabriela Engler, and Laura Walde
Ort Löwenbräu-Areal, Kunsthalle Zürich, Limmatstrasse 270, Zürich
Veranstalter100 Ways of Thinking
Seminar für Filmwissenschaft
SNF-Projekt "Exhibiting Film"
Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie
KontaktDr. Katharina Weikl (Mail)