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Symposium: Interrogating the Modes of Videographic Criticism

Symposium: Interrogating the Modes of Videographic Criticism

24-25 February 2022

Located at the intersection of art, scholarship, and personal exploration, videographic criticism refers to the study of audiovisual culture in audiovisual form. The videographic critic uses editing software to produce analyses and commentaries about film, television, games, online material etc., and typically communicates the results in the form of video essays.

The practice of videographic criticism has grown exponentially in recent years, and the increased focus on screens that has been for many the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has only confirmed the relevance of videographic criticism and its set of concerns.

Featuring more than thirty practitioners and scholars of videographic criticism, this two-day Zoom symposium will dedicate day 1 to interrogating the affordances and knowledge claims of three distinctive modes of videographic practice in panels dedicated to the desktop documentary, the personal exploration, and parametric/deformative approaches. On  day 2, all participants will be invited to define and debate the key issues for the development of videographic criticism in parallel workshops, and a closing roundtable will recapitulate the symposium findings and set out themes and questions to be considered at future events. The symposium will feature emerging as well as established voices in order to build networks and to expand the community of videographic practitioners, and is run over two days to work for as many time zones as possible.


The symposium is co-organised by Maria Hofmann (film scholar and video essayist), Kathleen Loock (Leibniz University Hannover) and Alan O’Leary (Aarhus University). 

The symposium is supported by the Department of Media and Journalism Studies and the Cultural Transformations research programme at Aarhus University and by Leibniz University Hannover. It forms part of the activities of the Filmmaking Research, Academic Film and Videographic Criticism research unit in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus.

Symposium poster by Maria Hofmann.  

Student assistants

Alissa Lienhard and Lida Shams-Mostofi (Leibniz University Hannover). 

Technical assistance

The co-organisers are grateful to Sidse Prehn Thomsen and Radomir Gluhovic (Aarhus) for technical support.

Venue and registration

The symposium took place on Zoom. Recordings of panels and roundtable will be available to registered participants.

Summary programme

See here for full programme

DAY 1 - 24 February / 16:00-21:15 CET

16:00-16:15: Introduction to symposium

16:15-17:45: Panel 1: Desktop Documentary

18:00-19:30: Panel 2: Parametric/Deformative/Experimental

19:45-21:15: Panel 3: Personal Explorations

DAY 2 - 25 February / 16:00-21:00 CET

16:00-16:15: Introduction to day 2

16:15-18:00: Parallel workshops

18:15-20:00: Roundtable

20:00: Thanks and informal online mingling