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  • Liberation Radio

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    LIBERATION RADIO: using archive film and oral histories to retrieve the little-known story of American Military Deserters during the war in Vietnam By artist and filmmaker Esther Johnson (Professor of Film and Media Arts at Sheffield Hallam University) Project Introduction In 1968 a group of American Military deserters went to the North Vietnamese mission in… continue reading.

  • The absurdity of virtual travel: going anywhere without taking off your slippers

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    This essay, if that is what it can be called, attempts to be a series of reflections upon the relationship between collaborative online script writing, and the act of teaching groups of students to become experimentally collaborative in a virtual environment. A string of twinkling lights desperately grip the branch of a tree, as the… continue reading.

  • Prisons and the Media

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    “Prison Governor’s Journal” (PGJ) – which I published in April 2021 – describes critical episodes in recent penal history in England and Wales. The book aims to provide an “insider" view from an experienced Prison Governor who was also Chair of the Governors’ Representative Organisation for many years. The part played by the media is… continue reading.

  • Break Everything ASAP: Reclaiming Electronic Pedagogy

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    This essay is about breaking things. It is a call to all you hard-working instructors, regardless of rank or title, to break your teaching methods and rid yourself of what does not work in the online teaching space. It is an essay about why instructors should embrace messiness, contradiction, and frustration. It is also about… continue reading.

  • EDITOR'S NOTE: ISSUE 118 - MEMORY

    Published on: 15th October 2021

    Welcome to ViewFinder Issue 118: Memory and Audiovisual Media This term we are looking at Memory and Audiovisual Media. Following the publication of key texts in the social sciences, humanities, and arts some two decades ago, multiple academic disciplines have seen a sustained focus on human capacities of memory. In this issue we have looked… continue reading.

  • "I’m here, but you can’t see me": Women amateur filmmakers, attribution and the archive

    Published on: 15th October 2021

    There are 13 regional film archives in the UK that form the membership of Film Archives UK (FAUK), together they provide national coverage for local film material and the vast numbers of extant films housed in these repositories evidences the energy, commitment and determination of the archivists and curators who assembled them (Gray, 2013). Wessex… continue reading.

  • Unsettling memories of the Ravensbrück camp: Marianna Christofides’ repotting flowers (2021)

    Published on: 15th October 2021

    From 1939 to 1945, more than 130,000 women and children, deemed ‘racially undesirable’ or ‘alien to the community’, were incarcerated and tortured in the German concentration camp of Ravensbrück, about 50 miles north of Berlin. Many of these women were political prisoners from Poland, the Soviet Union, Austria, France and Germany, an estimated number of… continue reading.

  • Obstinate Memory: Documentary as trauma in disrupting state narratives on racial violence

    Published on: 15th October 2021

    "The most political decision you make is where you direct people's eyes. In other words, what you show people, day in and day out, is political. And the most politically indoctrinating thing you can do to a human being is to show them, every day, that there can be no change." Wim Wenders (1) Television… continue reading.

  • ‘This will be your version of what happened’: Performance, Perspective and Control in Jackie (2015)

    Published on: 15th October 2021

    Pablo Larraín’s biopic, Jackie, is an unsettlingly personal account of Jackie Kennedy’s experience of the days following the assassination of her husband, President John F Kennedy. As a biopic it raises complex issues around authenticity, performance, memory and control. Whilst as a female-centred text, it presents an alternative, personal perspective on a now globally witnessed,… continue reading.

  • Random Access Memory

    Published on: 15th October 2021

    How the bricolage of the Internet encourages, stores and presents society’s collective memory and individuals’ private recollection. From cave paintings and oral poems, to text, photographs and now data, humans have always used technology to capture memory and share their experience, to assert their individual existence and that of their wider social group, tribe, family,… continue reading.