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Expanded Cinema


Admission requirements



During this course we will reflect on the phenomenon of ‘expanded cinema’ in the broadest meaning of the term. We shall consider several film practices that deviate from the standard format of commercial movies and are presented elsewhere than in a regular cinema: the museum, the street and in our living rooms. Our history begins in the 1960s; a period that introduced the term media ecology in order to capture the complex interactions between different media practices, such as Hollywood cinema, independent film, television, and video art, on a local and global scale. We shall trace a geneaglogy of the multi-screen film and video installation up to ‘post-cinematic’ present where film has become fully integrated within the visual arts. We shall discuss such topics as real-time, liveness, media feedback, and reenactment as well as discuss the impact of urban screens, surveillance cameras and remost sensing technology on our daily experience.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • have acquired knowledge of the most important developments in the field of multi-media practices since the 1906os;

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

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

  • be able to identify, describe and interpret the mose important forms of multi-media practice since the 1960s



Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • Total course load: 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26 hours

  • Self-study: 114 hours

Assessment method

Resit: Paper.


Blackboard will be used for announcements, providing literature and other study materials, peer-review, plagiarism control, and weekly assignments.

Reading list

Via Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 527 2251 or e-mail.

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The coordinator Dr. E.C.H. de Bruyn.

Or the student administration Van Wijkplaats 3, kamer 002. Tel. 071 527 2251, mail.


For more information check our website Film- en literatuurwetenschap.