Panel 5

The Edge of Narration

Thomas Morsch
Christoph Dreher
David Marc
Constanze Ruhm

A large part of innovative experiments with narration and narrative today take place in serial form. The panel examined the transformations of their techniques and procedures over the course of film and television history and the influence of experimental film on them. Under the heading “experimental epic,” the panel looked into the developments cinematic narrative forms are taking. What was “timely” and what will be “timely”? Narrative procedures discussed included network systems, linkage, epic versus poetic time, omissions, abbreviations, duration, ellipses, serialism, arrows of time, and the ornament.

Moderator:
Thomas Morsch (film scholar, Freie Universität Berlin)
Panelists:
Christoph Dreher (film director, Merz Akademie Stuttgart)
David Marc (television studies scholar, Syracuse University, USA)
Constanze Ruhm (artist, filmmaker and curator, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)