Courses Workshops

Aula Xcèntric, the Xcèntric Classroom: Cinema Reinvented

Workshop on editing and found footage

The hypothesis of the course is that the archive of images available to us today, along with digital tools, is preparing a third great epoch in the history of the cinema, after silent films and talkies. Digital editing (in which the film-maker works alone, like a painter in his studio) is taking cinema towards another form of writing, in which the camera is often actually dispensable: film has created an archive, an alphabet or a dictionary of images and films with which to (re)write its history and that of its times. From this viewpoint, works such as Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma represent not an end but a fresh beginning or starting point for new possibilities and discoveries in film, and reinventions.

Theory seminar (6 to 8 p.m.)

Tuesday 14 April
Gonzalo de Lucas
From the Soviet avant-gardes to digital editing

Thursday 16 April
Isaki Lacuesta
Filmmakers without a camera

Tuesday 21 April
Andrés Hispano
Found-footage film

Thursday 23 April
Antoni Pinent / David Domingo
Film recreated

Tuesday 28 April
Xavier Pérez / Raffaele Pinto
Taking a second look at an image

Thursday 30 April
Fran Benavente / Santiago Fillol
Alles Kaput. History, editing and archive images

Tuesday 5 May
Pedro Costa
Filming in the cutting room

Thursday 7 May
Paulíno Viota
The appropriation of the History of the Cinema in the work of Godard

Tuesday 12 May
Joan Fontcuberta / Núria Aidelman
Blow up Blow Up

Thursday 14 May
Mercedes Álvarez
Art-house film

Practical seminar (6 to 9 p.m.)
By Núria Esquerra and Gonzalo de Lucas

Editing in process I
Group A: Tuesday 26 May
Group B: Wednesday 27 May
Group C: Thursday 28 May

Editing in process II
Group A: Tuesday 2 June
Group B: Wednesday 3 June
Group C: Thursday 4 June

Viewing and appraisal of the workshop shorts
Group A: Tuesday 9 June
Group B: Wednesday 10 June
Group C: Thursday 11 June

Individual editing work is optional, but all participants may follow the practical seminar, during which the projects and short films will be commented on. To take part in editing, participants must have a computer and an editing program (Premiere, Final Cut, Avid or similar).  

14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30 April, 5, 7, 12, 14, 26, 27 and 28 May, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 June 2009


Admission fee

General: 240 €
Students, Friends of the CCCB, senior citizens and over-65s: 190 €


Institut d'Humanitats
Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona
Monday to Friday
10 to 2 a.m. and 4 pm. to 7 p.m
Phone + 34 93 412 21 74


The Institute will present everyone registered for this seminar with a certificate of attendance.

The Institute reserves the right to change particular aspects of this programme as dictated by circumstances.