February 2017, living archive

FU-Lecture Series: Film Studies, The Archive, and Difference

SWEETGRASS, 2009

This lecture series by Sabine Nessel (Seminar for Film Studies at the FU Berlin) explores the relevance of archives for research into film history and to this end goes into the archive itself. The cycle of anthropological difference is closed on February 7th: SWEETGRASS (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash, USA 2009) is a documentary about herding sheep in Montana (USA) and a research project of Harvard University's Sensory Ethnography Lab. The first images show a herd of sheep in a snowy landscape. The camera leaves the group and closes in on one single sheep which suddenly stops chewing and looks into the camera with its big eyes. The Arsenal's archive, in which a 35-mm print of the film is located, thus proves itself to also be a place for animals. That's how the lecture series ends.