Research and Publications

My research project Film History in the Making: Digital Archives and Film Historiography investigates the implications which digitization in film archives bears upon film historical research in primarily academic settings. It adresses the need for understanding the consequences of digitization for film historical methodology to develop a critical framework for evaluating and conceptualizing digital archive-based scholarship. From this point of departure, I aspire to produce both a historical account of digital scholarship in film historiography and suggestions for further developments of digital research methodology. To this end, my dissertation discusses in a historical perspective, how the conception of film archives as a source of film history has developed, from the ”first wave” of scientific film archives founded in the 1910s, over filmic appropriation art in the 1970s to scholarly Hyperkino presentations of silent cinema a century later.

Articles

2016

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, Eef Masson, Jasmijn van Gorp, Giovanna Fossati & Julia Noordegraaf “Data-Driven Research for Film History: Exploring The Jean Desmet Collection” in The Moving Image, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2016) – Forthcoming
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Formalising Digital Formalism: An Interview with Adelheid Heftberger and Matthias Zeppelzauer about the Vienna Vertov Project” in Miriam de Rosa and Ludovica Fales (eds.), Shifting Layers. New Perspectives in Media Archaeology Across Digital Media and Audiovisual Arts. Milan: Mimesis International, 2016. – Forthcoming.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Towards a ‘Humanistic Cinemetrics?”, in Karin van Es and Mirko Schäfer (eds.), The Datafied Society. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016. – Forthcoming

2015

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Film History ‘in the Making’: On Fact Production and Film Historiography in Digital Humanities Laboratories”, in Alberto Beltrame, Giuseppe Fidotta and Andrea Mariani (eds.), At the Borders of (Film) History. Temporality, Archaeology, Theories. Udine: Forum Editirice Universitaria Udinese SRL, 2015.

2014

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Panoramic Visions of the Archive in EYE’s Panorama: A Case Study in Digital Film Historiography” in Cinema & Cie, Vol. XIV, No. 22/23 (2014)

2013

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Found Footage Photogénie: An Interview with Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi and Mark-Paul Meyer”, NECSUS – European Journal of Media Studies, 4 (Autumn 2013).

 

Book  reviews

2014

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Jean-Luc Godard. Cinema Historian” in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 34, Issue 4, 2014.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, “Behind the Scenes at the BBFC. Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age”, in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 34, Issue 1, 2014.

 

Conference Papers

2015

  • Eef Masson, Christian Gosvig Olesen, Jasmijn van Gorp, Giovanna Fossati and Julia Noordegraaf (2015, June 22), “Reconstructing Colour Palettes in Early Dutch Film Distribution: The Case of EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection”, What Is Cinema History?”, Glasgow.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, Eef Masson & Jasmijn van Gorp (2015, 29 March), “ Chromatic Experience in Early Cinema Distribution as Visualized Through EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection”, The Colour Fantastic – Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema, Amsterdam.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen, Jasmijn van Gorp (2015, March 27), “Data-driven Film History: a Demonstrator of EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection”, SCMS, Montréal.

2014

  • J. van Gorp, Christian Gosvig Olesen, Giovanna Fossati, Julia Noordegraaf & Eef Masson (2014, October 24), “Digital Tools for Archives: Linking EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection”, FIAT/IFTA World Conference, Amsterdam.
  • Jasmijn van Gorp, Christian Gosvig Olesen, Giovanna Fossati & Julia Noordegraaf (2014, July 8), “Emerging Cinema/Emerging Methods: Developing a Tool for EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection”, Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2014, June 21), ” Dispositifs in Digital Film Historiography”. Luxembourg, Luxembourg, ” Dispositif: Theory, Methodology, Practice”, Université du Luxembourg.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2014, April 3) “Film History ‘in the Making’: On Scholarly Practice and Film Historiography in the Digital Humanities Laboratory”. Udine, Italy, XXI FilmForum International Film Studies Conference.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2014, March 19) “From Film Historiography to Videography: Film Historical Video Essays as Scholarly Research Practice”. Seattle, WA, USA, 55th annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).

2013

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2013, March 18). “Digitizing an “Aesthetic of Film History – Philosophy of Film History in EYE’s Panorama”. Gorizia, Italy, XI MAGIS – Gorizia International Film Studies Spring School, Universita degli studi di Udine.
  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2013, February 23). “Historical Notes on Contemporary Silent Film Music- Cinémix and the Case of Radiomentale”. Kiel, Germany, Silent Film Sound – History, Theory & Practice, Christian-Albrächts-Universität zu Kiel.

2012

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2012, December 2). “The Difference Between Bits and Bits – Film History and Archiving Philosophy in EYE’s Digital Panorama”. London, UK, Besides the Screen Conference, Goldsmiths College.

2011

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2011, November 19). “Against the Grain – Teaching AV Preservation Issues through Found Footage Film”. Austin, TX, USA, Association of Moving Image Archivists conference (AMIA).

2010

  • Christian Gosvig Olesen (2010, August 20). “Que l’embarras du choix? – quelques aspects éthiques de la modernisation de l’accompagnement musical.” Zürich, Switzerland, Conference of the Association suisse de conservation et restauration (SKR/SCR).

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