Expanded Cinema

By Duncan White

Mapping Expanded Cinema


Expanded Cinema remains an elusive subject. It is perhaps at its most visible, and most actively engaged with, between 1965 and 1976. Yet its origins may well be latent in the earliest moments of cinema, not to mention modern visual media more broadly.

Inspired by George Macuinias’ Expanded Arts Diagram (1966), this chart is an attempt to map the key coordinates of Expanded Cinema. It is in no way exhaustive but is meant to give a sense of the various histories, connections and developments that make up the polymorphous nature of practices associated with ‘Expanded Cinema’. Currently, a refreshed interest in it is inspiring a new generation of ‘moving image art’ practices as well as exciting forms of scholarship.

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The map or ‘family tree’ is incomplete. There are no doubt other trajectories and interconnections. If you would like to revise, add or make amendments to the schema, please send corrections to:

Expanded Cinema
The British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection
Central St Martins College of Art and Design
107-109, Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0DU

Or visit the upcoming conference, Expanded CInema: Activating the Space of Reception at Tate Modern, London 17-18th April, 2008. As well as a performance and screening programme, leading scholars in the field such as Liz Kotz, Jonathan Walley and Mark Bartlett will deliver new research on Expanded Cinema. There will also be a series of artists in conversation including Valie Export, Peter Weibel and Tony Sinden.

For more information go to www.studycollection.co.uk and www.tate.org.uk/modern/film


Duncan White is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow ('Narrative Exploration in Expanded Cinema') at the British Artist's Film and Video Study Collection. Design: ©Jonathan Hares.