> Erkki Huhtamo
Erkki Huhtamo is an internationally renowned media historian and theorist, and also a specialist in the history and aesthetics of media arts. He is one of the founders of an emerging approach to media studies known as media archaeology.
Huhtamo has published extensively, lectured worldwide and given multimedia stage performances using both modern and original 19th-century media technology such as magic lanterns. With the artists Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman, in 2005 he developed and performed Musings on Hands: Media Archaeology Meets New Media Performance at Waseda University’s Ono Memorial Hall in Tokyo, Japan and at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria the following year. His most recent magic lantern show, From Dole to the Pole, or Professor Huhtamo’s Daring Adventures, featuring musicians and foley sound effect artists, was performed at Los Angeles’ Velaslavasay Panorama cultural center in 2012. The multimedia performance Mareorama Resurrected has thus far been seen in Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh (an edited version can be watched on the Internet). The lecture-performance Panoramas in Motion: Reflections on Moving Image Spectacles Before Film was presented at Germany’s 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in 2014.
Huhtamo has curated numerous exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Australia. He created the major international exhibition “Outoäly/Alien Intelligence” for KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland in 2000, and has curated retrospective exhibitions of the work of Toshio Iwai, Perry Hoberman, Paul DeMarinis and Bernie Lubell. In 1994, he was the quest director and curator of Sydney’s Australian International Video Festival. In 2000, Helsinki, Finland’s Museum of Cultures presented Phantasmagoria. Time Travelling in the Moving Image, which featured Huhtamo’s own extensive collection of antique magic lanterns, peepshow boxes, animation devices and other media archaeological artifacts. Parts of it have since been shown at UCLA and the Hammer Museum.
Huhtamo’s most recent books are Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications (ed. with Jussi Parikka, University of California Press, 2011) and Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2013). His first Italian and Japanese language single-authored works were published in 2014 and 2015. Recent research articles have discussed topics such as the history of media displays in public outdoor spaces; “peep media,” a notion Huhtamo coined; the trottoir roulant, or the moving walkway at Paris’ Universal Exposition of 1900; astronomical demonstration instruments as a challenge to “screenology,” another concept he coined; the history of the Spirograph, a forgotten device that presents microcinematographed moving pictures from spinning discs; the invention and early reception of the Kaleidoscope; interactive museum displays as a contribution to what he calls “exhibition anthropology”; and the archaeological tradition in media arts.
Huhtamo, who is also a professor in UCLA’s Department of Design and Media Arts, is currently working on two books, a new monograph on the history of mechanical theaters and a volume tentatively titled Media Archaeology as Topos Study.
He received his Ph.D. in cultural history from Finland’s University of Turku.
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> Jasmine Trice
Jasmine Nadua Trice
Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Jasmine Nadua Trice is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies. Her research focuses on film cultures within transnational contexts. Her particular areas of specialization include contemporary Asian cinemas, exhibition and moviegoing, cinema and urbanism, and media spaces. Broadly, her work uses cinema as a lens to investigate the changes wrought by global modernities, emphasizing how communities positioned at the margins of those transformations adapt, dismiss or challenge them.
Drawing from more than two years of research in the city, her current book project, Speculative Publics: Cinema Circulation and Alternative Film Culture in Manila, Philippines (under review), examines the circulation of local and transnational alternative cinemas in contemporary Manila, Philippines. Focusing on sites of exhibition and distribution, including the pirated DVD district, the mall multiplex, art house cinemas, the university film institute, and the state-sponsored mobile cinemas designed to bring screenings to the poor, the project considers how discourses surrounding these spaces construct speculative publics — contested visions of audience appearing across public discourse from filmmakers, cultural institutions, activists and the state. The book includes a digital companion site, which maps shooting sites and exhibition spaces throughout Manila.
In addition, she is working on two other research projects. The first is a study of multiplex cinemas that cater to diasporic audiences. She was invited to develop this project through UCLA’s Urban Humanities Initiative. The second is a historical project that examines film culture in Manila during the American colonial period. Trice has received numerous fellowships for her research, which has been funded through institutions such as the American Association of University Women, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Hellman Fellows. She has published articles in journals such as Asian Cinema, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Feminist Media Studies.
Commitments to teaching, mentorship and public engagement drive much of Trice’s work. At her former post at the National University of Singapore, she was a recipient of the university’s Annual Teaching Excellence Award for her work in an undergraduate writing and critical thinking program.
Since 2016, Trice has been a co-investigator of a four-country research network funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.). The Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network: Promoting Dialogue Across Critical and Creative Practice aims to create spaces for the exchange of ideas among scholars, students, filmmakers, curators, archivists and the general public. The network is comprised of events organized with partners in four countries: a conference in Kuala Lumpur, with the Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (July 2016); a two-day symposium at UCLA in collaboration with the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival (March 2017); a symposium and series of workshops at Hanoi DocLab (November 2017); and a symposium and film program in Glasgow, in collaboration with the Glasgow Short Film Festival (March 2018).
Trice earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University – Bloomington. Her dissertation won received Honorable Mention from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
> Silvia Kratzer
Visiting Associate Professor
Silvia Kratzer’s publications in the academic field focus on the issues of exile and transnational cinemas as well as documentary film. She frequently serves as a jury member and film programmer for numerous international film festivals including the Monte Carlo Film Festival, SENE New York Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, Method Film Festival, and the Burbank International Film Festival.
She has worked as a screenwriter, webisode developer and professional script consultant in Hollywood for Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Avenue Entertainment, Spirit, ITC, and the Walt Disney Co. As a producer she created the webisode “Behind the Scenes at Chapman Film School,” and co-produced the documentary “The Last Shtetl” and the short film “Before it’s too Late,” starring Robert Loggia.
Kratzer recently founded the New Hollywood Film School, to offer a variety of film-related courses and networking opportunities to students and to help them gain a deeper understanding of the cinema, acquire crucial professional and writing skills, and to expand their business connections within the film industry.
Kratzer received her master’s degree in mass communication and theater arts at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She has a second master’s degree in critical theory from the University of Iowa’s Department of Film and a Television; and a Ph.D. in critical theory from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Kratzer also teaches at Chapman University and Pepperdine University.
Greg Cohen’s teaching and research center broadly on theories of spatiality and the moving image in post-war visual culture, with particular interests in avant-garde and experimental film and video; landscape art and landscape theory; the history and theory of architecture and urbanism; and the convergence of art theory and radical political discourses in the Global Sixties. His doctoral training was in romance languages and literatures (Ph.D., Harvard University ’08), with a specialization in Latin American cultural studies, a field that continues to inform his work.
More recently, his research has gravitated towards questions of cultural memory, the aesthetics and politics of appropriation, and theories and practices of the archive, all of which bear on his role as co-curator of the Festival of (In)appropriation, an annual, international showcase of experimental found-footage film and video sponsored by LA Filmforum, now in its sixth year. Mr. Cohen also maintains an active practice as a poet and visual artist. His writing has appeared in journals such as Annetna Nepo, E-ratio, and Anti-, and his photographic work featured among the winners of the 2013 International Juried Competition of the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA). From October 2012 to April 2013, he served as Visualist-in-Residence at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Los Angeles, where he developed The Valaco Archive, a multi-media visual research installation concerned with notions of experimental accumulation and speculative archives.
Stephen Mamber is a professor in the Cinema and Media Studies Program of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. His digital media courses include the seminars Issues in Electronic Culture, Computer Applications for Film Studies and Videogame Theory. His film courses include classes on narrative theory, visual analysis, and directors and genres, among others.
Mamber is the author of the iPad app ClipNotes, which has been available in the App Store since November 2012. ClipNotes is a way to help retrieve pre-selected segments of any film or video and show them together with your descriptions while the segments are showing. It’s useful for individual study, teaching or presentation. ClipNotes for Windows became available in November 2013 and recently received an Editor’s Pick Award from BestWindows8apps.net.
Mamber’s Who Shot Liberty Valance? is available as a free iPad app in the iTunes App Store. The app is an experimental study of the classic 1962 John Ford film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and advances an argument about new ways to consider it. The app includes opportunities to simultaneously explore selected key segments, as well as some magnified views, 3D models and diagrams. Annotated selections from 50 years of scholarly writing about the film are also included. Based on the web site of the same name, this new version is redesigned and programmed as a completely standalone app. It works on any retina display iPad (iPad 3 or newer and current iPad mini). Links to the apps are available below.
Mamber’s third app, 7 Thursdays: Looking at Brief Encounter, is now also available in the iTunes App Store. This is the next in a series looking at films with unusual time structures (Liberty Valance is the first). This is an experimental study of the great 1946 David Lean film and invites new ways to consider it. The app includes opportunities to simultaneously explore selected key segments, as well as a week-by-week accounting of how space is used in the repeated scenes in the tea room set, using 3-D models and clips from the film. References to time and some scholarship about the film are also presented. It runs on any retina display iPad (iPad 3 or newer) and looks particularly great on an iPad Pro.
Mamber has been active in the digital media arena for several decades. He started out writing a variety of tools and applications, principally exploring the possibilities of using digital media for film analysis, and has gone on to design multimedia applications and web sites. He has been a visiting research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Center in New York and has served as a National IBM Consulting Scholar. His work has been supported by a MacArthur Foundation grant and by the Intel Research Council.
His publications include Cinema Verite in America: Studies in Uncontrolled Documentary (MIT Press), as well as numerous articles and chapters on film and new media subjects. He has also been the editor of Cinema magazine, and is a recipient of an Associated Press Golden Mike Award for his film criticism on Pacifica Radio.
Mamber’s current activities outside the classroom include developing video database applications; experimenting with single-board microcontroller Arduino and other electronic devices for use in multimedia projects; and creating video-related apps for iOS devices and other platforms.
In addition to teaching at UCLA TFT, Mamber has taught at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture; in the Interactive Media Program at the University of Southern California, and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver and taught several online courses there.
Mamber received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, where he double majored in mathematics and dramatic art. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he was a Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Stephen Mamber’s iPad app, ClipNotes (Mac)
ClipNotes for Windows (Windows 8)
Who Shot Liberty Valance? By Stephen Mamber (Mac iPad app)
7 Thursdays: Looking at Brief Encounter By Stephen Mamber (Mac iPad app)
Instrument of War: The True Story of the Yuba City Draft Board Murders
Center for Hidden Camera Research
Who Shot Liberty Valance?
In Search of Radical Metacinema : De Palma, Allen, Scorsese, and Kubrick
A Clockwork Orange
Kubrick in Space
Marey, the analytic, and the digital
Space-Time Mappings as Database Browsing Tools
The Television Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock: The Conceptual and the Pre-Digital
> Maria Elena de las Carreras