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Cinema: Avant-garde (Stromingen 2)


Admission requirements



This course is the second in the stream of courses within the Film track of the BA Film and Literary Studies and is also a module for the pre-master Film and Photography Studies.

During this course we will connect to and reflect on the continuities and discontinuities between the avant-gardes and experimental film during the 1920s-1970s period. The course will combine a historical and theoretical understanding of the phenomenon of avant-garde and experimental film. Following a chronological timeline from the interwar period until today, we will cover movements and experiments with media including the historical avant-gardes, American underground cinema, experimental and independent film, cable television, and video art, as well as the complex interactions between these different media practices and mainstream (Hollywood) cinema, on a local and global scale. We shall consider several film practices that deviate from the standard format of mainstream (commercial) movies and are presented elsewhere than in a regular cinema: in the museum, on the street, and in our living rooms.

We will consider the ways in which technological, political, and social developments influence and cross-pollinate with these aesthetic movements and screen cultures, touching on issues such as technological reproducibility, mass culture, liveness, surveillance, and changing experiences of time and space.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • have acquired knowledge of the most important developments within the avant-garde cinemas of the 1920s until today including multi-media practices;

  • have gained insight in the interweaving of diverse media practices and image technologies within recent historical and contemporary visual culture;

  • have acquired knowledge of the most important theories in this field of research;

  • be able to identify, describe and interpret the most important forms of filmic avant-garde and multi-media practice since the 1920s;

  • be able to reflect on the above in a comprehensive manner in writing.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Take home examination
Final paper


Take home examination (50%)
Final paper (50%)


A resit is not possible for the take home exam.
The resit will involve the same subtest as the first opportunity.

Inspection and feedback

A feedback form will be provided for both. Digital submissions will be required via Turnitin and comments/corrections will be accessible to view for the student. Feedback and final mark will be available two weeks after the final submission date.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

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Julian Ross
Student administration: Arsenaal
Coordinator of studies: ms. M.E. Dijkgraaf MA


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