1 April 2017: Future Imperfect Cinema Symposium

1 April 2017 in the Jill Craigie Cinema at the University of Plymouth

Future Imperfect is a multidisciplinary symposium that brings together makers and researchers across cinema, sound and moving image. Organised by Dr Allister Gall, it seeks to examine the role of cinema today – through discussion, performance and making. We are interested in mobilising ideas, negotiating various meanings and generating fresh perspectives.

The future has often been the subject of Cinema, bringing into focus scientific and technological discoveries, stories and ways of seeing the world. Cinema has also been seen as collective, political and utopian, using the camera lens to capture and share the experience of everyday lives. The term Cinema is described as the art of the moving image. A cinema is also a space for showing films to the public. Cinema is therefore understood as an umbrella term: for moving image, sound and time-based forms.

Cinema circulates. Cinema expands. Cinema is medium specific. Cinema is the other. Cinema is aesthetic. Cinema is improvisational, ephemeral and transitory. Cinema is analogue. Cinema is digital. Cinema is industry. Cinema is research. Cinema is collective. Cinema is popular. Cinema is installation. Cinema is performance. Cinema is interactive. Cinema is social. Cinema is interdisciplinary. Cinema is participatory.

Cinema is imperfect.


Anna Schober’s work explores public life focusing on its historic, political, aesthetic and affective aspects. Professor of Visual Culture Studies at Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt and author of several books, including The Cinema Makers which ‘investigates how cinema spectators became cinema makers through such practices as squatting in existing cinema spaces, organizing cinema “events,” writing about film, and making films themselves.

Melanie Manchot employs photography, video, film and sound to explore performative and participatory situations. Recent solo exhibitions include Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2016), fig-2 at the ICA, London (2015), Galerie M, Bochum (2015), the Toronto Photography Festival (2012), Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010).



Voice & Performance

Led by artist, feminist activist and writer Rose Gibbs. Her works are interconnected and exploratory of the possibilities of consciousness-raising, taking gender as a starting point for considering subjectivity and its role in shaping the cultural landscape.

Imperfect Cinema

Led by Allister Gall and Dan Paolantonio, Imperfect Cinema is a d.i.y film project that explores the emancipatory potential of imperfection, by developing open access venues for cinema-makers and viewers – a cinema of imperfection.

Imperfect Orchestra

Imperfect Orchestra is an eclectic ensemble of musicians whose aim it is to bring back the experience of live music accompaniments to film, theatre, dance, performance art, and many other forms.

Imperfect VR Workshop

Led by Michael Staeubig, a play theorist, game designer and creative coder, exploring games and playful experiences in various media with a focus on mixed reality and transhuman play. Participants need to bring laptop and smartphone.



Tickets are available via the University of Plymouth eStore.

  • Early Bird tickets on sale until 1 March 2017 (concessions available).
  • Standard tickets apply from 2 March 2017 (concessions available).
  • Evening event (venue to be confirmed) featuring screenings, performances and a dinner (no concessions).

Registration and ticket purchases close on 20 March 2017 at 23:00.

This event is open to all.

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