My name is Katherine Groo. I am a Lecturer in the department of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. I received my PhD in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Film and Video Studies from Cornell University in June 2009.
My areas of interest/research include early and silent-era cinemas; visual ethnography; film history, historiography, and theory; “minor” films and archives; and documentary and experimental film.
An archivist at the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam used the term “half/films” to describe the scraps of cinema I selected from the shelves (and inadvertently forced him to watch). Half/films inhabit the vast margins of the archives: untitled, unauthored, seemingly infinite in number, and unrestored even in their digital afterlives.
I am not interested in saving half/films from the trash heap. Rather, I take half/films as a way of rethinking film objects and film histories.
I use this space to draft new work and share ideas. Suggestions, comments, critique are most welcome.
I am also the “Archive News” editor for Cinema Journal. If you work for an archive and have an interesting project to share, please get in touch.