The Second International Berkeley Conference on Silent Cinema will be held from February 21-23, 2013 at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Following the successful inaugural BCSC in 2011 ("Cinema Across Media: The 1920s"), this year's conference similarly explores a targeted aspect of film and film culture in the silent era. Each of the conferences is designed to advance research and promote public interest in silent cinema by combining a three-day academic conference (free and open to the public) with an evening screening series at the Pacific Film Archive related to the topic under discussion.
This year the conference focusses on the theme "On Location" in order to shine an analytic light on silent film's evocation of cinematic place. Some questions that will be considered by the participants include: In what ways does the act of filming transform place? Does the photographic medium guarantee location, or does animation evoke place in the same way? What is the connection between location and genre? How did the combination of studio and location-shooting practices generate the success of the Hollywood system? How did other international practices compare? What might academic discussion tell us about the "location recovery" practiced by fans, buffs, and tourists? Four plenary speakers, thirty invited presenters, and six introduced screenings will explore the ways in which films in the silent era created new possibilities for experiencing place in a cinematic way.