Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices

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This book assesses the contemporary status of photochemical film practice against a backdrop of technological transition and obsolescence. It argues for the continued relevance of material engagement for opening up alternative ways of seeing and sensing the world. Questioning narratives of replacement and notions of fetishism and nostalgia, the book sketches out the contours of a photochemical renaissance driven by collective passion, creative resistance and artistic reinvention. Celluloid processes continue to play a key role in the evolution of experimental film aesthetics and this book takes a personal journey into the work of several key contemporary film artists. It provides fresh insight into the communities and infrastructures that sustain this vibrant field and mobilizes a wide range of theoretical perspectives drawn from media archaeology, new materialism, ecocriticism and social ecology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages270
ISBN (Electronic)9783030443092
ISBN (Print)9783030443085, 9783030443115
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameExperimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Cham
ISSN (Print)2523-7527
ISSN (Electronic)2523-7535


  • photochemical film
  • obsolescence
  • experimental cinema
  • celluloid
  • aesthetics


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