The Poiesis of Cinematic Allusionism: Exploring Audiovisual Intertextuality in the Video Essay

7 p.m.

Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum
Reception to follow

Presented by Catherine Grant, professor of digital media and screen studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

According to Mikhail Iampolski, intertextuality is a helpful concept for understanding processes by which allusions to other films or texts are used in filmic figurations; it can also guide us to explore the complex chains of associations that make up the energy and power of individual films. These are processes of making and seeing that are motivated by intertextuality—acts of "poiesis." So what would make more sense in the context of screen media studies than to investigate them in the form of experimental audiovisual works? In her lecture "The Poiesis of Cinematic Allusionism," Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, University of London) will discuss some of her videographic approaches to these matters (with a focus on her 2019 video essay "The Haunting of The Headless Woman").

Catherine Grant ( is professor of digital media and screen studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where she teaches and researches online audiovisual cultures, audiovisual essay practices, and digital forms of analysis and criticism. She makes short films as part of her research, runs the Film Studies For Free blog, and is a founding co-editor of [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies.

Co-sponsored by the College of Media, the Department of Comparative and World Literature, and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies.