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Presentation and Visualization of Historical Film Colors

English title Presentation and Visualization of Historical Film Colors
Applicant Flückiger Barbara
Number 178548
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Seminar für Filmwissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Theatre and Cinema
Start/End 01.07.2018 - 28.02.2021
Approved amount 195'925.00
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Keywords (10)

Film Perception; Visualization; Aesthetics; Experimental Media Archaeology; Education; Film History; Film Colors; Archival Film; Digital Humanities; Film Technology

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Wenn wir unsere Forschung zu Filmfarben beschreiben, reagieren Laien, aber auch Wissenschaftler oft überrascht: Warum Filmfarben? Diese Reaktion ist darauf zurückzuführen, dass die Öffentlichkeit kaum je in Kontakt mit Filmmaterial kommt, sondern Filme ausschliesslich auf der Leinwand, dem Fernseher oder den zahlreichen digitalen Bildschirmen sieht.
Lay summary
Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Das SNF-Agora-Projekt Präsentation und Visualisierung von Filmfarben hat zum Ziel, die Schönheit und Materialität von historischen Farbfilmen mit einer Ausstellung im Fotomuseum Winterthur und damit verbunden Filmprogrammen an den Internationalen Kurzfilmtagen in Winterthur sowie weiteren Aktivitäten zu vermitteln. So wird eine Smartphone-App entwickelt, welche es den Nutzern erlaubt, Farbfilme spielerisch zu erkunden und zu visualisieren nach dem Motto: „Was ist das Farbschema Ihres Lieblingsfilms?“ Mit der Timeline of Historical Film Colors http://zauberklang.ch/filmcolors/ besteht bereits eine umfangreiche Online-Ressource, die sich über die Smartphone-App gezielt verlinken lässt. In praktischen Workshops können Kinder und Jugendliche das Thema Filmfarben unmittelbar erleben, indem sie Filme mit historischen Techniken einfärben. Zudem erhalten Lehrer der Sekundarstufe ein Bildungspaket, das es ihnen erlaubt, Filmfarben im Unterricht zu behandeln. Ein Online-Quiz motiviert die Besucher von Ausstellung und Kurzfilm-Programm, sich vertiefter mit dem Thema zu beschäftigen.

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext des Forschungsprojekts

Das Thema ist besonders auch aus politischer Sicht relevant, denn im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung brauchen wir ein neues Bewusstsein für das reichhaltige Filmerbe und dafür, dass dieses kulturell bedeutsame Erbe mit wissenschaftlich fundierten Ansätzen digitalisiert werden muss.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 04.05.2018

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Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
University of Amsterdam / EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Pro Helvetia Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Solothurner Filmtage Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Fotomuseum Winterthur Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Lichtspiel Kinemathek Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Memoriav Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Cineducation Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
FOCAL Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media ‘Color Mania’ and ‘Chromatic Modernity’: The polychrome experience of the moving image NECSUS International 2020
Media relations: print media, online media A History of the Film Industry’s Fascination With Color Hyperallergic International 2020
Talks/events/exhibitions Color Mania – Curating the Materiality of Color in Photography and Film in the Museum Context. Or: H International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Color Mania Exhibition, Fotomuseum Winterthur International 2020
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Color Mania. Materialität Farbe in Fotografie und Film International 2020
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Color Mania. The Material of Color in Photography and Film International 2020
Talks/events/exhibitions Film Colors, an Interdisciplinary Approach International 2020
Media relations: print media, online media Horak, Jan-Christopher: Barbara Flückiger, Eva Hielscher, Nadine Wietlisbach (Hg): Color Mania. Mate MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen | Reviews International 2020
Media relations: print media, online media "Color Mania" im Fotomuseum Winterthur - Materialität Farbe Aargauer Zeitung German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media “Color Mania – The Material of Color in Photography and Film” at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur Mousse Magazin International 2019
Media relations: radio, television Color Mania – Farbfilme, Filmfarben und Kunst in Winterthur Radio SRF 1 German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Color Mania – Materialität Farbe in Fotografie und Film fotointern.ch International 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Color Mania Ausstellung im Fotomuseum Winterthur Filmbulletin German-speaking Switzerland 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Color Mania Exhibition at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Sept 07 to Nov 24, 2019 International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Color Mania Exhibition Shows Film Materials from the Image’Est Archive International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Color Mania. Exhibiting the Materiality of Color in Film and Photography International 2019
Media relations: print media, online media De l’effet des couleurs au cinéma Cinebulletin Western Switzerland 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Farben im Film. Jahrestagung ProColore German-speaking Switzerland 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) FilmColors. An Interdisciplinary Approach International 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Fotomuseum Winterthur | Color Mania - Materialität Farbe in Fotografie und Film arttv German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media So entstand Farbe in Foto und Film seniorweb.ch German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Wenn frühe Schwarzweiss-Filme wieder farbig werden Cinebulletin German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Zwischen Mimesis und Exzess. Farbaesthetiken im Film International 2019

Awards

Title Year
Nomination der Publikation «Color Mania. Materialität Farbe in Fotografie und Film» für den «Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award» https://www.buchmesse.de/en/event/frankfurter-buchmesse-film-awards 2020

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
134702 Filmgeschichte Re-Mastered. Memopolitische, ästhetische und wahrnehmungstheoretische Konsequenzen der digitalen Medientransition. 01.06.2011 Project funding (Div. I-III)
162888 Filmfarben. Technologien, Kulturen, Institutionen 01.02.2016 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

Whenever the current research projects on film colors come up in conversation with laypersons or even film critics, the response is usually puzzled: Film colors? Why film colors? Their reactions make it obvious that there is little awareness of the topic, and that this lack of awareness is mostly due to the public’s lack of experience with the film material itself. The demonstration and the sensory experience of film’s materiality are thus at the core of the Agora project Presentation and Visualization of Historical Film Colors. The project aims to introduce and to establish a set of activities related to the materiality and aesthetics of film colors, drawing on the recent research projects on film colors, and on the digitization of archival films that have gained a high level of attention among academics and archivists. Historical film prints offer a precious sensory richness that is also very appealing to laypersons. The online depiction of film materials on the interactive digital humanities platform Timeline of Historical Film Colors has been unanimously praised for its comprehensive and attractive display of technical information and aesthetics. However, its impact remains limited to virtual access.To overcome this limitation, the present Agora project intends to build a bridge from virtual to real presentations of color film and digitized historical films, through the following activities:• Planning and executing an exhibition that connects the presentation of large printouts of film stills with the display of film stock in various modes.• Screenings of color film fragments and entire historical color films in the context of film festivals and museums as well as selected public cinemas.• Developing a smartphone app that visualizes the connection of exhibition objects to the larger scientific context already in operation, including the two highly prolific research projects SNSF Filmfarben and ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors.• Connecting the app to the crowdsourcing platform for film color analysis that is currently being executed in the framework of ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors.• Offering an educational package to teachers.• Workshop on coloring films manually through hand coloring, tinting or toning.• Online quiz to engage the audience in acquiring knowledge.At a variety of recent international conferences on either historical films or digital humanities, it became clear that many archives and scholars are striving for better ways to reach out to the public using attractive displays of their research or their holdings. Until now, however, experience in these areas has been sparse. Beyond its main goals, the present Agora project thus aims to establish a model study on how to exhibit film in a museum context - by both connecting it to previous practices, and by developing innovative educational activities.It is the aim of the Agora project to provide an understanding and appreciation of the film heritage and its appealing aesthetics to a wider audience, especially among children and youth. To this date, moving images provide the most immediate and universal access to knowledge and to the past. Movie fandom and the corresponding enthusiasm need to be addressed by the Agora project. There is also a political dimension to this project: To raise awareness for the necessity of preserving the film heritage in its authentic form, to digitize it using a sophisticated approach, and to make it available for future generations.
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