Performing a Historical Re-enactment: The Making of a 16mm Home Movie

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic


In this presentation, I will "perform'' the making of a 16mm home movie based on my media archaeological experiments with an original Ciné-Kodak film camera from 1930. A split screen montage shows the recorded analogue film fragments besides footage that illustrates the process of making the film captured by my documentation equipment, including a digital video camera, GoPro and 360 degree camera. My contribution aims to discuss and re-evaluate the performative nature of media archaeological experiments, and how digital (documentation) tools enable new forms of presentation, explication and dissemination of historical tacit knowledge in early-twentieth century amateur filmmaking.
Period18 Dec 2020
Event titlePerforming Media Archaeological Experiments
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBelval, Luxembourg


  • media history
  • performativity
  • historical re-enactment
  • analogue film
  • experimental media archaeology
  • 16mm film