Raluca Iacob

Junior Core Fellow
Period of Stay: 
October 2020 - June 2021
Media communication
Astra National Museum Complex, Astra Film, Romania
Project Title: 
Records (re)claimed: found footage, memory and ideology in Eastern European documentary film
Project Abstract: 

This research project will focus on selected documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa, Péter Forgács, Andrei Ujica, and others. It will address the ways in which documentary film(maker)s create new meanings out of found footage material, and explore the ways in which connotations can be drawn from the association of images and sounds – an approach that has been used since the Soviet montage experiments of the 1920s – as well as the impermanence of memory in the face of historical changes. Drawing on the findings of film studies, memory studies, twentieth century history and cultural studies, the aim of this research project is to investigate whether images have intrinsic ideological values or whether their meaning is constructed and derived from the context they are situated in.