The book’s title—Taking Measures—has a double meaning: as a reference to the practices of measurement and to the political potential of power and resistance. Throughout their history to today, film and video have served as measuring devices for scientific, economic, political, and other purposes, and have been employed in a variety of fields beyond art. In acknowledging these uses also lies the opportunity for art to test its own effectiveness in public space and to uncover potential for resistance in artistic action.
This book—which has evolved from a series of dialogues between artists and researchers as part of the research project Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format at the University of Zurich—addresses issues of measures and formats in both content and design. In which practices of measurement, of the production of knowledge and evidence in the interest of useful research, are film and video involved? In what way can artistic practice not only make these involvements visible but challenge and test them? How can technologies of measurement in art be used politically and be made operative for the public sector? How can formats themselves, as the measures of art, be exhibited? How can they be put in relation to exhibition spaces and their economies of valorization, and how can this relationship be assessed? These questions are explored in illuminating and richly illustrated essays.
Fabienne Liptay is a professor of film studies at the University of Zurich, where she directed the research project Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format.
Carla Gabrí and Laura Walde were members of the research project Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format as PhD students at the Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich.
Edited by Fabienne Liptay in cojunction with Carla Gabrí and Laura Walde
1st edition, 2023
Text in English
320 pages, 144 color and 31 b/w illustrations
17 x 23 cm
Published by Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, University of Zurich, Department of Film Studies and Scheidegger & Spiess
Edited by Fabienne Liptay in conjunction with Carla Gabrí, Laura Walde
Managing Editor: Michael Birchall