Presentation Reflection Week One

RC: Upon reflection, I feel our presentation at Tuschinski was relatively successful, we covered most points that we set out to, our only limitation was timing. Unfortunately the space was not available to us for very long – retrospectively, we could have investigated this before we arrived – so we were unable to explore the location further, which would have been nice, as well as unable to visit the toilets which are portrayed in Loft. Another issue we experienced was the inability to show clips which were not on the ipad – since there was only 1 on there that we found useful. Christopher overcame this by bringing along his laptop and a DVD but there were a few YouTube clips that I certainly would have liked to have shown and examined, particularly to further my idea on the space blurring the boundaries between fiction (representation) and non-fiction (reality).

With Ivo requesting we take this more to an interpretative, visionary and contextualised level, I do think we could have drawn on some of the literature we have examined in class. Whilst exploring Jacques Tati’s work, Penz introduces the concept of ‘spatial ambiguity’, doubting the function of a space as a result of uniformity. I think this is interesting with regards to the clip shown from Loft where Tuschinksi is used as a location but is assumed to be another building. Although this is not a result of uniformity persay, I think it is interesting to reflect upon the role of editing to create spatial ambiguity, and how it has the potential to join multiple spaces as if they were only one location. This ambiguity can then also refer to the blurring of non-fiction and fiction or as Ali explains, the location’s function as an intermedial space. As a result of this, Tuschinski has the potential to offer the individual visitor/spectator an entirely different experience on each visit, which is certainly unique.

For our next presentation then, we will endeavour to contextualise more of the literature and theory we have come across in class. I also would like to perform a closer reading of the clips we present, particularly with regards to the development of Dutch cinema. Plus, to ensure we have enough time, we have booked a table at the Cafe which now resides at the Cineone location!

Finally, for the final presentation, I have been thinking about examining both the representation of Paris and the importance of architecture in Inception. At the moment, I’m still reading back through the literature to decide on a angle to approach the subject from, however, I think there are a lot of very interesting aspects to explore.

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One thought on “Presentation Reflection Week One

  1. Surely I appreciated your evaluation of the presentation. Very clever to do most of the presentation inside the building, in the relatively dark lobby. In a presentation of 10 minutes only some main topics can be dealt with. Being on the spot implies a good look at the space (the architecture of this particular cinema) you are in and explainign it to your audience and then making the connection to the films (locations). How is the city and this individual building evocated?
    Nice to present already the basic information about Cinetone, the remnants of which we will visit on May 14. Especially the history of the owner(s) and the ambition to be Holland’s Hollywood is funny and tragic if we consider the historical events in the periode 1935-1945. This context is just as important as the spatial story (location of film studio and the building itself). Just for your information: Filmstad(t) in Den Haag/Wassenaar was embedded in the fortification of the Clingendaal estate (some 500 M away from Filmstad), which was the dwelling of the highest German civil official in the Netherlands during the occupation, dr. Arthur Seyss-Inquart (death by hanging was the verdict of the Nuremberg trial). The reason Filmstad was bombed was not that German propaganda films were made there, but that in this area V-2 rockets were fired in the direction of London.

    Koos Bosma

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