DK.MAAF Found Footage

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DK.MAAF Found Footage
Found Footage
Responsible Truniger Fred
Year 1st and 2nd year
Level Master
Department Film
Kind Elective
Grade pass-fail
Teaching 30.3.2021 9.30 – 17 Uhr
Truniger Fred

Content / Inhalt

Recycling was Avant-Garde in the arts long before it became a part of our everyday practices. Jay Leyda wrote about the concept of re-using materials in the movies in 1964 and when he did so, he knew his art history: Marcel Duchamp's exhibited his famous "ready-made" installation "Fountain" as early as 1917. Found Footage is the given name of films made with pre-existing materials – a practice not exclusive to the movies. At a very early stage in the history of film, people have started to file through their own stock, heaps of outtakes or discontinued films, and archives, to re-use materials they or others have shot before. However, in the US film avant-garde of the 1960ies a rise in such practices occurred and with filmic images becoming part of the everyday, these practices have spread to almost every aspect of audiovisual production. Today, the use of found materials to revisit their superficial or hidden meanings is a prolific practice both in the visual arts and in pop culture. It's known in other fields under the names of appropriation art, archival art, remix, sampling, etc. The course presents and discusses examples mainly of artistic production with found materials in the movies and in fine arts. It will include some reading. Literatur:

  • Blümlinger, Christa (2009): Kino aus zweiter Hand. Zur Ästhetik materieller Aneignung im Film und in der Medienkunst. Vorwerk 8, Berlin.
  • Hausheer, Cecilia; Settele, Christoph (1992): Found Footage Film. Luzern.
  • Leyda, Jay (1967): Filme aus Filmen. Eine Studie über den Kompilationsfilm. Berlin. (engl.: Leyda, Jay (1964): Films beget Films. London.)
  • Wees, William C (1993): Recycled Images. New York.
  • Anderson, Steve (2011): Technologies of History. Dartmouth College Press, Hannover N.H..
  • Skoller, Jeffrey (2005): Shadows, Specters, Shards. Making History in Avant-Garde Film. Minneapolis.

Programme / Modulprogramm

Wird zu Beginn des Kurses mitgeteilt.

Methods / Lehr- und Lernmethoden

  • Film viewing and analysis
  • texts
  • discussions

Proof / Leistungsnachweise

  • Teilnahme am Unterricht (mindestens 80%)

Evaluation / Leistungsbewertung

  • aktive Teilnahme am Unterricht


  • Students know historical and contemporary examples of artistic forms of found footage from the history of film and the history of art.
  • Students are able to contextualize and discuss differing uses of found filmic materials on the basis of at least one theoretical concept.

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