Staging the Amateur Film Dispositif: A Media Archaeological Experiment

Susan Aasman, Tom Slootweg, Tim van der Heijden, Andreas Fickers, Joseph Wachelder, Guy Edmonds

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A media archaeological experiment performed on March 31st 2014, at the 9th International Orphan Film Symposium, EYE Film Institute Amsterdam. In the performance we reconstruct the changing 'dispositif' of home movie screening practices. In three ‘tableaux’ we explore how past media usages of film, video, and new media have altered the practices of home movie staging. The experiment is based on our research which aims to trace how changing technologies of memory production have shaped new practices and rituals of memory staging (

Concept & performance: Andreas Fickers, Susan Aasman, Guy Edmonds, Tom Slootweg, Tim van der Heijden
Stage director: Marjan Sonke
Cinematography: Charlotte Storm van ‘s Gravesande
Montage: Tim van der Heijden
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventOrphan Film Symposium: The Future of Obsolescence - EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 31 Mar 20142 Apr 2014


  • amateur media
  • amateur film
  • dispositif
  • experimental media archaeology
  • historical re-enactment
  • home movies
  • media history


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