Why is cinema not the cinema anymore? Although its nimbus of glamour and popularity go unscathed and elite disciplines like fine art and theater are increasingly interested it it as art, the cinema no longer impacts the masses as it once did. Whether we consider blockbusters, art house films, or festivals: we find monoculture everywhere. Pre-packaged products have replaced a public’s art; digital has replaced analogue; hypes have replaced debate. In his lecture, Christoph Huber will comment on the last steps of this development, sharing his experiences in an eye-witness report.
Christoph Huber(*1973) is a research assistant in the department of programming at the Austrian Film Museum, where he has co-curated various retrospectives on genre film. He studied Physics at the Technical University in Vienna, graduating in 2000. During his studies he also worked as a film critic for different magazines and blogs. From 1999 to 2014 he was the director of Filmressorts; starting in 2007 he became an editor for the Viennese daily “Die Presse.” In addition, he continued writing texts about music, comics, literature, and TV. Huber was the European editor of the Canadian film magazine Cinema Scope, and has functioned as a curatorial advisor for various film festivals and cinemas in Europe and South America. Together with Olaf Möller, Huber the co-author of the books „taschenkino #4: Peter Kern“ (Filmarchiv Austria) and „Dominik Graf“ (FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen).