Eva Hielscher is a PhD candidate at the Art History Department of Ghent University and member of the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS) as well as the Ghent Urban Studies Team (GUST). She holds an MA degree (with distinction) in ‘Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image’ from the University of Amsterdam, and has studied media culture and film history at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar and Utrecht University. In 2007 she was awarded the ‘Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation’ for exceptional archival interests and studies by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). For her theses she did research on the representation of Amsterdam in early cinema and on picture postcards at the turn of the twenties century as well as on Walter Benjamin’s concept of aura, amateur film and the relationship to the mechanisms of the archive. Most recently she worked as a film archivist and assistant curator at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum and The Hague. In April 2013 she commenced her PhD research under the supervision of prof. dr. Steven Jacobs within the research project ‘City Symphonies: Urban Modernity, Film, and Avant-Garde (1920-1940)’ – funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF). Focusing on experimental city films of the 1920s and 1930s, her PhD project investigates the interspace between film historiography and the film archives. By combining the written history on city symphonies with the archival and physical history of these films (including preservation, restoration, multiple versions and accessibility), her research examines the influence of film archives on the emergence and history of the city symphony canon and explores stereotypes and myths surrounding the city symphony phenomenon.
- City symphonies, city films and the cinematic city
- Film archives, film preservation and the history and ethics of film restoration
(analogue and digital)
- Film history and film historiography
- Early cinema and silent film
- Media archaeology
- Amateur film
City Symphonies: Urban Modernity, Film, and Avant-Garde (1920-1940)
For a list of publications, please visit:
Hielscher, Eva (2015, 27 March). 'Heinrich Hauser's Weltstadt in Flegeljahren - An Americanist City Symphony about Chicago.' Montréal (QC), Canada, SCMS Conference 2015, Panel: Revisiting the City Symphony Phenomenon - Overlooked and Forgotten City Symphonies.
Hielscher, Eva (2014, 6 December). 'In & Out of Film History, the Archive and the City Symphony Phenomenon: Hauser's Weltstadt in Flegeljahren.' Ghent, Belgium, Symposium: Beyond Ruttmann and Vertov: Minor City Symphonies, KASKcinema.
Hielscher, Eva (2014, 5 December). 'Urban Chameleon and Mid-Size City Symphony - Rotterdam and The City that Never Rests.' Ghent, Belgium, Symposium: Beyond Ruttmann and Vertov: Minor City Symphonies, KASKcinema.
Hielscher, Eva (2014, 5 December). 'Between conventional City Film, Propaganda and Masterpiece: Ruttmann's Düsseldorf.' Ghent, Belgium, Symposium: Beyond Ruttmann and Vertov: Minor City Symphonies, KASKcinema.
Hielscher, Eva (2014, 31 October). 'Golden Age and Silver Films: The City Symphony in Film History Writing and the Archive.' Madison (WI), USA, Film & History Conference 2014: Golden Ages - Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories, Panel: The Cinematic City III.
Hielscher, Eva (2014, August 29). 'Cinemati-city. The City that Never Rests (1928) and multiple City Symphony Versions.' London, UK, RGS Conference 2014: Geographies of Co-Production, Panel: City and Cinema after Deleuze (1), Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
Hielscher, Eva (2013, September 13). 'The other City Symphony(-ies). The City that Never Rests and the multiple Cityscapes of Rotterdam.' Porto, Portugal, Inter[Sections] - A Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema, Porto School of Architecture.
Hielscher, Eva (2012, November 16). 'Audiovisuele Archieven en Neurocinematografie: Beeld en Geluid en de Magnus-Rademaker Collectie.' Hilversum, the Netherlands, Conference of the Section History of the Neurosciences, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neurologie: Geschiedenis van de Cinematografie in de Neurowetenschappen.
Hielscher, Eva (2011, April 6). 'Amateur Film, Benjamin's Aura and the Archive; or: The Archive as Amateur Film's Age of Technological Reproducibility.' Udine, Italy, FilmForum 2011: The Archive/ XVIII International Film Studies Conference.
André, Bernhard, Guy Edmonds, Eva Hielscher, Ruth Hinkel-Pevsner & Simona Monizza (2010, September 18). 'From A to A: The Five A's of Amateur Film Preservation.' Cork, Ireland, Saving Private Reels, University College Cork.
Hielscher, Eva (2007). Towards a Definition of Amateur Film. Amateur Film, Benjamin's Aura and the Archive. Non-published MA-thesis, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam.
Hielscher, Eva (2005). Stadtbild(er): Amsterdam im frühen Film und auf Ansichtskarten um 1900. Non-published Diplomarbeit, Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Beyond Ruttmann and Vertov: Minor City Symphonies, symposium and film program, KASKcinema, Ghent, 5 and 6 December 2014 (in cooperation with VDFC and Cinematek).
IAMHIST Masterclass on Media & History, LUCA School of Arts, Brussels, 10 January 2014.
Port City Symphonies/ Stadssymfonie en Havenstad, film programme with introduction at Filmtheater Focus, Arnhem, 15 December 2013 (in cooperation with the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem).
City Symphonies/ Harbour Cities, film programme with introduction at KASKcinema, Ghent, 28 November 2013 (in cooperation with Courtisane).
Board Member of the Dutch Amateur Film Foundation, 2009-2013.
Home Movie Day Participant, since 2008.