Festival of (In)appropriation
An annual showcase of cutting-edge, experimental, found-media film and video

Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a preeminent international showcase for experimental, found-media film and video. Every year, the Festival attracts artists working across an array of moving-image formats while probing the limits of collage, machinima, re-mix, détournement, mash-up, and more. The raw material for their work derives from the abundant new sources of audiovisual media to have surfaced in recent decades, from official state and commercial archives to vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives of every stripe. By exploiting and refashioning these pre-existing materials, such creations generate novel juxtapositions and recombinations, often producing ideas and meanings that were unintended or unimagined by the original makers. These remarkable works, in other words, are “inappropriate” in the profoundest sense of the term.

Curated annually by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen, the Festival of (In)appropriation strives to evince the astonishing range, sophistication, and critical impact of this vital aesthetic practice.



The Festival of (In)appropriation screening will be followed by a Q & A with Dr. Greg Cohen and Dr. Michael Renov.

Dr. Greg Cohen is an artist, Associate Programmer at Los Angeles Filmforum, and Lecturer in Latin American Cinema and Visual Culture at UCLA. His work in video, photography, and multi-media installation has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and draws on diverse intellectual and aesthetic interests, from landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy to cultural memory and experimental archives, and from the history and theory of architecture to the intersections of moving-image media and radical politics. As a founding associate of REASArch (group for Research on Experimental Accumulation and Speculative Archives), Dr. Cohen has also produced The Valaco Archive, an ongoing visual research project (https://valacoarchive.com), parts of which were recently featured in Limn magazine (http://limn.it/).
Dr. Cohen’s faculty page can be found at: https://www.spanport.ucla.edu/person/greg-cohen/.

Dr. Michael Renov is the Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary, a Professor in Cinema & Media Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the author or editor of eight books including several on documentary film including Theorizing Documentary, Collecting Visible Evidence and The Subject of Documentary. Renov co-founded the Visible Evidence conference and will be hosting Visible Evidence XXVI July 24-28, 2019.