Desire for cinema existed before its creation. Today, cinema is an umbrella term for a variety of moving images and time-based forms, which have intersecting, yet particular, histories of emergence. These histories and contexts include changing technological and spatial forms themselves—from collective halls to handheld devices—in which cinema appears, as well as the movement and interpretation of cinemas throughout the world. Cinematic Migrations is a multi-faceted look at the role of cinema’s transmutations over time and its worldwide and circuitous shifts. The theme is explored in a variety of formats including classes, workshops, public lectures, and a symposium to take place in the spring of 2014.
Cinematic Migrations is a collaborative research and production project initiated by Renée Green (Free Agent Media); in its initial two-year phase it has been co-hosted by ACT and the MIT Visiting Artists Program. The work of filmmaker John Akomfrah and producer Lina Gopaul (Smoking Dogs Films; founding members of the seminal UK-based Black Audio Film Collective) has been a focal point in this inaugural iteration. Lecture and seminar guests have included Karim Aïnouz, Arthur Jafa, Knut Asdam, Chip Lord, Ros Gray, Nora Alter, Charles Atlas, Lovett/Codagnone, Tarek Elhaik, and Joan Jonas.