University of Groningen / Film Archive
English | Nederlands



‘The early years of film and the period of the avant-garde, 1896-1931’

Is film art or distraction? A new way of showing or a new way of seeing? Wherein lies the magical attraction of the close-up? And why do we go to the cinema? As a new medium and a young form of art, film appealed to the imagination of many artists, thinkers and writers. The texts collected in this bundle register with an intense curiosity the effects of the rise of film between 1895 and 1930: the experiences of the first viewers, the new esthetic forms, the reactions of the avant-gardes and the influence of film on the existing culture.

The new book series 'Key texts in film- and media theory' is a unique project for the Netherlands and Vlaanderen. The series is the result of a cooperation between the universities of Groningen, Utrecht, Amsterdam and Antwerpen, which have been supported by (among others) Eric de Kuyper and Emile Poppe, former chief-editors of Versus (the scientific magazine for Film en Performing Arts), former SUN-publisher Henk Hoeks, the EYE Film institute of Amsterdam and the Filmarchive of Groningen, supported by the WETEX fund of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

The series’ aim is to gather for the first time in Dutch the most influential texts of the history of contemplating film and audiovisual media. Alongside revised translations of key texts which were no longer available, like those of thinkers and filmmakers as Menno ter Braak, Sergej Eisenstein, Maxim Gorki, Georges Méliès and Dziga Vertov, this first part of the collection also contains new translations of international key texts that have never before appeared in Dutch, from authors like Béla Balázs, Germaine Dulac, Louis Delluc, Jean Epstein, Siegfried Kracauer, F.T. Marinetti, Hugo Münsterberg, Paul Valéry and Virginia Woolf. All texts have been prefaced and put in their historical context to highlight their subsisting importance to contemplating film and media.

Part two of the series, the Classical Filmtheory (abt 1930-1980), is to be expected in April.

Editorial staff: Frank Kessler (University of Utrecht), Annie van den Oever (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam) and Steven Willemsen (Rijkuniversiteit Groningen).

Publisher: In De Walvis, Nijmegen. 2016.

The book (207 p.) is available at the mentioned universities for 15,- euro’s.

For press copies, please contact


Hands-On History in INFOVERSUM
Exploring New Methodologies for Media Research, Teaching, and Curating

How can we challenge the exclusively textual approaches to media history and opt for a more experimental and hands-on approach to cultural heritage? The University of Groningen’s Film Archive and the Network for Experimental Media Archaeology, focused on media heritage, are working on innovative methodologies for engaging with past media technologies by creating situations of re-use to experience and understand the complex relationship between the materiality of media devices and the performative qualities of such objects.

You are kindly invited to the presentation of their concept of a new digital platform used for the recording and sharing of data and experiments, and to discuss new, experimental, apparatus-oriented forms of media research, teaching, and curating. Central to the discussion will be the new platform, and its value for research, teaching and curation purposes.

Presentations by:
By Giovanna Fossati (Eye Film Institute The Netherlands / University of Amsterdam), Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg University), Annie van den Oever, Bernd Warnders, and André Rosendaal (University of Groningen), Andrea Haller (Deutsches Filminstitut / German Film Museum Frankfurt am Main), Ludwig Vogl Bienek (University of Trier), Nick Hall (Royal Holloway, University of London), Johan Oomen (Beeld en Geluid / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision NISV, Hilversum).

Chair: Tjeerd Willem Hobma, Managing Director of the Centre for Information Technology, RUG

The event will take place in Infoversum’s 3D Dome and its director, astronomer Shawn Laatsch, will demonstrate the specific technologies and value of the 3D Dome for academic research and education as part of the program.

Time: September 10, 10.30 – 14:30 h
Entrance free for all.

The Network
The Network promotes new forms of collaboration between academic and cultural heritage institutions, aiming at de-auratizing historical "artefacts" and inviting historians and curators to become experimenters and museum / archives to function as laboratories. Representatives from the Cinémathèque de la ville de Luxembourg, the Science Museum in London, the National Media Museum in Bradford, and Gronings AudioVisueel Archief (GAVA) are taking part in the discussion. You may subscribe to the Network by emailing your name and the name of your organisation to

* * * We deeply deplore the loss of our unsurpassed first manager of the film archive: engineer Johan Stadtman. Starting in December 2010 up until his passing on April 21 2014, he has accommodated the archive and its team at the Oude Boteringestraat 23 and made the collection accessible for research and education. We honour his legacy.

We thank the dean and the board of the Faculty of Arts for their help in appointing Jaukje van Wonderen as manager of the film archive until November 1 2014. Jaukje is a Master student in Arts, Culture and Media studies, specialized in film and arts policy. She has done an internship at the film archive and has subsequently as a volunteer cooperated closely with Johan.

* * * Recently part four in The Key Debates has been published. The book will be presented coming Thursday at five PM in the EYE Film Institute the Netherlands in Amsterdam by AUP publisher Jeroen Sondervan, as part of the international Symposium on Film & Media Technologies. See the book cover below for more information. * * *

* * * Symposium on Film & Media Technologies - The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory * * *

We are proud to present to you the second international Symposium on The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory on December 12 and 13, 2013. We kindly invite you to the lectures, paper presentations, round table discussions, debates and Q&A as well as a special screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du Cinéma.

EYE Film Institute Netherlands and the Groningen Film Archive will again host the event. The first day will take place in EYE in Amsterdam; the second day in the University of Groningen.

The fourth volume of the international books series The Key Debates, on Technē/Technology. Researching Cinema and Media Technologies –Their Development, Use, and Impact will be launched as part of the event.

The two-day symposium will be proceeded by a public peer reviewing workshop for PhD’s and Research Master students organized in close collaboration with the Research School for Media Studies RMes.

The event is organized and supported by EYE Film Institute the Netherlands, the Research Centre Arts in Society of the University of Groningen, The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture ICOG, the Research School for Media Studies RMes, Birkbeck College London, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Amsterdam University Press, and the Film Archive of the University of Groningen.

We hope to see you all on the 12th and 13th of December. For details of the program, including the book launch and peer reviewing workshop, please see the attachments.

On behalf of Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator EYE, and Johan Stadtman, Trustee of the Groningen Film Archive,

Annie van den Oever

* * * Mini Symposium on Media Technologies (I) – Two-day Symposium December 12/13 * * *

The Film Archive, the Dept. of Arts, Culture and Media, and the Centre for Arts in Society have presented a mini symposium on Media Technologies, the first in a series, last October 16. For more information, see the flyer below. This mini symposium was being organized in anticipation of the two-day symposium on 12 and 13 December in EYE Film Institute Amsterdam and the University of Groningen concerning the appearance of the book on Techne/Technology with speakers that have contributed to this book. For the book’s index, see the file below. More information will follow.

* * * Project – Key Texts in Film and Media Studies * * *

The University of Groningen is honored to have received a Historical Film Collection in 2004 from the ‘Stichting Vrienden van het Nijmeegs Filmarchief’ (the Foundation for Friends of the film archive at the University of Nijmegen). Other than the more than 2000 16mm and 35mm films and the treasured collection of projectors and cameras, it also holds a fascinating magazine and poster archive, among which the archive of the academic magazine for Film and the Performing Arts ‘Versus,’ the first magazine for the academic study of film in the Netherlands. Building on and relying on this archive, several books will be published in this project which aim to stimulate research on the history and development of film studies in the Netherlands by disclosing this part of the archive. In addition, these books will serve educational purposes by gathering key texts from film, television, and media sciences and by making these available in Dutch translation.

For more information on the origins of this initiative as well as details on the support givers, editors and executers—see the file below.

* * * Book Symposium * * *

In celebration of the international symposium “The Archive as a Research Laboratory” held on February 14 and 15 in a cooperation of the Film Archive and EYE Film Institute Netherlands, there will be published a book that holds the same title. This book will be published in the ‘Framing Film’ series by Amsterdam University Press, and will be edited by Giovanna Fossati and Annie van den Oever.

Within the outlined framework, various pieces of equipment in the Film Archive (from film projectors and cameras to smartphones and digital projectors) will feature centrally in a series of about thirty articles that will be presented in the book – brought together with the purpose of uncovering the possibilities and productivity for studying the technological equipment for research and education in the field of film and media.

Various sections of the book will be dedicated to different historical periods and different approaches. Approximately thirty devices will be featured in total, from the cinematograph to the 4K digital projector, from the Super8mm camera to the smartphone.

The book will be published in the Fall of 2014 and will have a festive presentation in the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.

* * * Symposium * * *

Mid-February the Film Archive and EYE Film Institute Netherlands held an international symposium titled “The Archive as a Research Laboratory.” The symposium was hosted by Giovanna Fossati, head curator at EYE, and Annie van den Oever, head of the Film Archive—and featured superb lectures, among them a sensational one by Roger Odin, on the phenomenon of the mobile phone and how it turns us into archivists who have to select, delete, catalogue. Each lecture was followed by lively debate and discussion.

We would like to take the opportunity to once more thank the speakers—Ian Christie, Eef Masson, Sabine Lenk and Frank Kessler, Roger Odin, Susan Aasman and Andreas Fickers, Heide Schlüpmann, and Jan Holmberg—for their fascinating lectures and contributions, as well as Johan Stadtman, trustee of the Film Archive, and all guests. In the document below you will find bio’s and abstracts of the speakers.

Book Cover Techne/Technology
Invitation to Symposium 12/13-12-2013
Program Symposium 12/13-12-2013
Mini Symposium on Media Technologies (I) – An Afternoon on Heidegger
Key Texts Film and Media Studies
Bio's and abstracts symposium
Archived News

Home RUG      Home Film Archive   News
To top