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The Films of Bill Morrison

Aesthetics of the Archive

Bernd Herzogenrath André Habib Dan Streible Benjamin Léon Hans Morgenstern Hanjo Berressem David Gersten Jan-Christophe Horak Yasmin Afshar William Cusick

280 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison has been making films that combine archival footage and contemporary music for decades, and he has recently begun to receive substantial recognition: he was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and his 2002 film Decasia was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This is the first book-length study of Morrison's work, covering the whole of his career. It gathers specialists throughout film studies to explore Morrison's "aesthetics of the archive"-his creative play with archival footage and his focus on the materiality of the medium of film.
Author Bio
Bernd Herzogenrath is professor of American Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main. Publications include: The Films of Bill Morrison (AUP 2017), Practical Aesthetics (Bloomsbury 2020), and Concepts (Bloomsbury 2022). He is (with Patricia Pisters) the main-editor of the series thinking