From the early days of the cinema, Flanders boasted among the highest cinema attendance per capita on the continent, while their Dutch neighbors were about the least frequent moviegoers of all Europeans. The aim of the project is to map and explain this remarkable difference in the two neighbouring cinema cultures. Can we explain this […]
The project MEPAD (Mapping European Performing Arts Data) aims to set up an inventory of existing databases and research projects on film, theatre and music (1600-present), while also identifying key research and valorization partners. By doing this, it is intended to further develop the CREATE research agenda on the data-driven history of performing arts.
Between November 2014 and December 2015, we collaborated on building a 3D visualisation of Cinema Parisien, one of the first permanent cinema theatres in Amsterdam, established in 1910 by cinema owner and distributor Jean Desmet (1875-1956). The project aimed to investigate the affordances of 3D modelling for presenting digital cinema heritage in a comprehensive, evocative […]
The CINEMAPS project aims to map cinema markets in the Netherlands and Flanders in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in a comparative study, combining a geospatial analysis of cinema density in both areas with data on pillarization, class and the organization and economics of the industry. As such, it will provide an answer to the […]
DIGIFIL aims to digitise and publish the Dutch “Filmladders” (the weekly listings of movie showtimes at local cinema theatres or other venues). The screenings constitute the focal point of film culture: they are the place where distributors, exhibitors and audiences meet. Collecting information about these encounters yields an invaluable resource for linguists, socio-economic historians and […]
The US Exhibition and Reception of Julien Bryan’s Documentaries for International Understanding, 1947-1985
I am currently researching the distribution, exhibition and reception of the educational documentaries of Julien Bryan (1899-1974) both in and outside the traditional US classroom. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s Bryan produced and directed a large number of films on peoples around the world for the US Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CI-AA) and for […]
My research explores the significant contribution of the cinema usherette to both the pleasure of cinema-going and the business of the cinema, primarily during the 1920s-1950s.
The interdisciplinary project is situated at the intersection of history and film studies. It proposes to explore the heuristic potential of the cross-disciplinary spatial turn by studying the cinema culture in the multi-ethnic city of Warsaw between the emergence of this form of leisure at the turn of the 20th cen-tury and its destruction in […]
Turkishcine.ma is a film archive and database which uses a wiki structure to enable a continuous growth of updated material that include texts and images on Turkish cinema. The basic structure of the database is buillt on Turkish Flm Guide (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, SESAM: 2008) and IMDb data. Currently the archive includes […]
Mapping Movies is a digital discovery environment in which users explore changing landscapes of social and spatial history by investigating the grounded locations and movements of moving pictures. The site promotes spatial thinking and historical inquiry about the relations between media access, public infrastructure, social geography, cultural networks, economic development, community building and collective memory.