Afterimage: For a New Cinema

“Nothing that was politically and aesthetically revolutionary in the sphere of moving images was foreign to Afterimage – one of those precious magazines through which the great wind of history blows.”

– Nicole Brenez


On the occasion of the publication of The Afterimage Reader (The Visible Press, 2022) and in collaboration with CINEMATEK, Courtisane presents 12 screenings of films, mostly from CINEMATEK’s collection, that revive the British magazine Afterimage (1970-1987). Each screening is linked to an issue of the magazine. The performances and the exhibition of archive material were curated by Mark Webber, who edited the reader, and Simon Field, who was the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Webber and Field, as well as several former editors of the magazine will be present to introduce performances.

Throughout its existence, Afterimage was committed to the publication of texts, writings, scripts and interviews with filmmakers, from both contemporary and historical avant-garde figures like Vertov and Epstein. No less important – and inspired by the George Maciunas designed issues of Film Culture – was the design of the magazine, some sense of which is given with a small exhibition in the Cinematek lobby.

Find more information about the program here.

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