CANCELLED! Symposium «Taking Measures: Usages of Formats in Film and Video Art», 18-20 March 2020

Symposium, 18-20 March 2020

This symposium has been cancelled due to the current regulations concerning public events in regards to the coronavirus. The symposium will take place at a later date in 2020, which will be communicated on this website.


The symposium is dedicated to the epistemic and discursive practices of measurement in film and video art. The focus is placed on artistic works in which the technologies and ideologies of measurement, their many validity claims and areas of application, are addressed through the use of formats. The title TAKING MEASURES can be understood in two ways: as a reference to the practices of measurement with which the use of artistic media is intertwined as well as to the political potential derived from this use. How can technologies of measurement and data analysis in art be used politically and made operative for the public sector? How can they subversively interact with the history of “the mismeasure of man”? In which scientific practices of measurement is the use of formats involved, and how can artistic practice be used to make these involvements visible? How can formats themselves, as key conditions of visibility, be exhibited? What challenges arise regarding formats in conservation and curatorial practice, and how are they put in relation to the exhibition spaces of film and video art?

Location: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich

Full program

Erika Balsom, Burcu Dogramaci, Monika Dommann, Carla Gabriela Engler, Philipp Fleischmann, Ursula Frohne, Fabienne Liptay, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Jacqueline Maurer, Alexandra Navratil, Volker Pantenburg, Hannes Rickli, Dorota Sajewska, Laura Walde, Marijke van Warmerdam, Eyal Weizman.

The symposium is co-organized by the University of Zurich, Department of Film Studies (Fabienne Liptay, Carla Gabriela Engler, Laura Walde) and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Alena Nawrotzki, Nadia Schneider Willen). It is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) as part of the project “Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format”.

Free admission. Please register by sending an e-mail to: 
We look forward to your visit.