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Received the most prestigious European research prize, an Advanced Grant, from the European Research Council, see press release on the website of the University of Zurich:

"Three leading researchers at the University of Zurich have been awarded the European Union’s top research award, the “Advanced Grant” of the European Research Council (ERC). The EU will support University of Zurich research projects with a total of approximately 7.9 million Euro.
Two male academics and one female academic from the University of Zurich have been selected to receive the EU’s most prestigious research grant. Each will receive between 2.5 and 2.9 million Euro to support innovative research projects over the next five years. The award-winning projects are in the fields of brain research, neuropathology and film studies.
The ERC’s generously supported “Advanced Grant” is awarded to leading European researchers who have shown outstanding achievement in their field over the last ten years and who should be afforded the freedom they need to pursue their research through attractive new projects. The EU GrantsAccess advice center, a joint project of the University of Zurich and the ETH Zürich, supports researchers in submitting and managing EU projects. "

The three awardees Prof. Adriano Aguzzi, Prof. Barbara Flueckiger und Prof. Fritjof Helmchen
(image: Anna Maltsev, UZH)

Inaugural lecture at the University of Zurich, May 2015.

Launch of the new Timeline of Historical Film Colors on Monday, May 27 2013, designed by the Berlin graphics design company basics09. The new concept allows researchers, archivists, film historians, and film restorers to insert texts, images, links, or downloads directly, so that the database will grow steadily. Half of the web development was covered by the crowd-funding campaign. Barbara Flueckiger doubled this amount with her private means. Very recently, the University of Zurich and Swiss National Science Foundation have supported the data management with a significant contribution.

Supported by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI): Research project DIASTOR Bridging the Gap Between Analog Film History and Digital Technology. Main applicant and project leader of an interdisciplinary research project for the development of digitization work-flows and long-term storage according to principles of restoration ethics. Leading house is the Institute of Cinema Studies at the University of Zurich

In collaboration with Disney Research Zurich, the academic partner Computer Graphics Lab of ETH Zürich, the Cinémathèque suisse and the companies EgliFilm AG, AV Preservation by GmbH, Marquise Technologies and Sondor Willy Hungerbühler AG. Project duration: 2013–2015.

See summary and further information on the University of Zurich's research database.

Panel and presentation at NECS conference in Prague: Digitisation and Archives #2: Strategies, Politics, and Cultural Context / DIASTOR: Building a National Network for the Digitization of Archival Films, June 22, 2013.

Presentation at SCSMI conference in Berlin: Analog vs. Digital – The Emotional Impact of Film Recording Processes on the Audience, June 14, 2013.

Presentation at ARRI Archive Workshop in Munich: Creating an Online Repository for Film Colors, June 11, 2013.

Presentation at the conference Digitized Reality in Zurich: Visual Effects and Sound Design. Perception and Creation, May 15, 2013.

Just published Material Properties of Historical Film in the Digital Age. In: Necsus, vol. 1, no. 2, autumn 2012. (peer-reviewed)

October/November 2012 in the cinema Filmpodium Zürich: the series Glorious Technicolor.

Back at Harvard University to continue my research on historical film colors, sponsored by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, summer 2012.

Now published first issue of Frames Cinema Journal with my contribution Analysis of Film Colors in a Digital Humanities Perspective. (June 2012)

Now published Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media with my contribution "The iPhone Apps: A Digital Culture of Interactivity". (July 2012)

I am very excited to present my timeline of historical film colors. Thanks for supporting and sharing. (work in progress)

Just published: article Aesthetics of Stereoscopic Cinema. In: Projections, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 101-122 (June 2012).

Starting in May 2012: research project "Analog vs. Digital. The Emotional Impact of Film Recording Processes on the Audience" funded by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. A cooperation with the Department for the Performing Arts and Film, Zurich University of the Arts and the Department of Psychology, University of Bern, with Dr. Simon Spiegel, senior researcher. Abstract and further information on the university's research database.

Hosting several sessions at the International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games und Transmedia, fmx 12 in Stuttgart.

Just published: article "Die Vermessung ästhetischer Erscheinungen." In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, No. 5 (2/2011), pp. 44-60. (October 2011)

Just published: article "Assoziative Montage und das ästhetische System von Stay." In: montage/av, No. 1/2011, pp. 133-148.

Admitted to Harvard University as a research fellow for the fall term 2011.

June 2011, research project "Film History Re-Mastered" funded by a grant from Swiss National Science Foundation. The project investigates the consequences of the digitization of archival film on the perception of film history, with Dr. Franziska Heller. Abstract and further information on the university's research database.

Free download (PDF): "Computer-Generated Characters in Benjamin Button and Avatar". English translation of "Zur digitalen Animation von Kõrpern in Benjamin Button und Avatar." In: Harro Segeberg (Hg.): Digitalität und Kino. München: Fink (forthcoming).

Presentation "Wave Field Synthesis and Cinematic Space" at the NECS conference in London, June 2011.

Presentation "Stereoscopic 3D Cinema. Perception and Aesthetic Conventions" at the conference of the Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image in Budapest, June 2011.

Presentation "Aesthetics of S3D Cinema" at the conference fmx 11 in Stuttgart, Mai 5, 2011.

Article (in German) "Is 2010 the year celluloid died? Die neuste Generation von digitalen Filmkameras greift die analoge Domäne an." In: Kolik Film, Nr. 15, März 2011, S. 17-22.

Now online: resources on visual effects and digital cinema, digitization of archival film, sound and sound design, published in March 2011.

Now available: database history of visual effects, computer animation, and computer graphics, first published in December 2010.

Now available: English translation of the chapter "Digital Characters" from my book Visual Effects.

New links collection Digitization of Archival Film published in September 2010.

Fourth edition of Sound Design published in June 2010.

Just published: "Added Value Revisited. On the Sound/Image Interaction in Film." In: Diedrich Diedrichsen and Konstanze Ruhm (Eds.): Utopia of Sound. Vienna: Schleebruegge.

Presentation "Construction of Robots in Film" at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, June 22nd 2010.

Presentation on "Avatar" and "Benajmin Button" at the University of Hamburg, April 27th 2010.

Chair of the tech-talks: Hair and Cloth Simulation, Efficient Animation and Building Pipelines with spezialists from Spanien und Great Britain at the Conference fmx 10 in Stuttgart, May 6th 2010.

Just published: Essay Lifestyle, aesthetics and narrative in luxury domain advertising in the journal "Popular Narrative Media".

Presentation "Zur Farbrestaurierug von Kinofilmen" (On color restoration of movies) at the Conference "Bild - Code - Speicher" of the Imaging and Media Lab, University of Basel, August 29th, 2009 in Basel.

Visual Effects. Filmbilder aus dem Computer (Visual Effects. Computer Generated Images in Film), published by the Schueren Verlag, Marburg, Germany.

Presentation "Photorealism and Beyond" at the conference fmx 09 in Stuttgart, May 7th, 2009.

Presentation "Digital Reconstruction of Deceased Persons" at the NECS conference in Lund, June 26th, 2009.

Presentation "Computer Visualization in Fiction Film" at the Conference of the Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image in Copenhagen, June 25th, 2009.

Greenlighted in July 2008: Research project AFRESA in collaboration with the Imaging and Media Lab of the University of Basel, Schwarz Film AG and Cine Media SA.

Published in August 2008: "Kino CH / Cinéma CH. Rezeption, Ästhetik, Geschichte / Réception, esthétique, histoire" by Alain Boillat, Philipp Brunner und Barbara Flückiger (Eds.).

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June 2007: Post PhD thesis (habilitation) at the Freie Universitaet Berlin.

Since February 2007: professor for cinema studies at the University of Zurich.

Conference "Sound Objects in Film", October 16, 2008 in Paris: Personal Style in Sound Design.

Conference "Neue Medien, Film und Computer" (New Media, Film, Computer Science) of the Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin, July 10, 2008: Presentation Lighting in computer generated images.

Conference NECS Budapest am 19. bis 22.6.2008: Digital Distribution in Europe and chair of the panel Film Sound and Music

Congress of the German Kinemathek 2008, Berlin: Ästhetik von analogen und digitalen Artefakten (Aesthetics of Analogue and Digital Artifacts), June 14, 2008 in Berlin (in German)

Conference Non-Simultaneity and Immediacy: Utopia of Sound May 30, 2008 in Vienna: Back to the Roots? On Natural, Technical, and Virtual Sound Objects. in response to Hildegard Westerkamp's presentation

DAGA 2008, Dresden: Zwischen Anforderung des Werks und persönlichem Ausdruck, March 13, 2008

Solothurner Filmtage, Reden über Film: Chair of the panel discussion Digitaler Roll-out with representatives of the German Film Board FFA, the Swiss Federal Bureau of Culture BAK and film professionals, January 22, 2008 (in German)

2nd International VDT Symposium Ludwigsburg: Chair of the panel discussion Sound/Image Interaction: Film, Television, and Games with Florian Camerer, Austrian Television, and Pierre Langer, Dynamedion Music & Sound Effects for Games, October 29, 2007

NECS Vienna Conference of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, June 21 to 23, 2007: Presentation European Cinema Aesthetics in a Digital Age

Presentation The Role of the 'Counterpoint' in Early Sound Film at the Conference Stumm oder vertont. Krisen und Neuanfänge in der Filmkunst um 1930 of the University of Konstanz June 8, 2007 (in German)

Presentation at the conference Audiovisual Emotions, Hamburg, 01 to 03/12/2005. Emotion Capture: How a Digital Character Succeeds in Arousing Emotions.

Conference Sound Art - Zwischen Avantgarde und Popkultur, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen / Germany. 29/09/2005 to 02/10/2005.

Coming up: Chapter Sound Effects in Continuum Companion to Sound in Film and the Visual Media. London, New York: Continuum Publishers.

Presentation at the Sächsisches Landesgymnasium Sankt Afra in Meissen/Germany: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Narrative und Technical Aspects. 10/07/2005.

Just published: Narrative Functions of Film Sound Design. In: Harro Segeberg und Frank Schaetzlein: Sound. Zur Technologie und Ästhetik des Akustischen in den Medien. Marburg: Schueren 2005.

Just published: Three essays on the aesthetics and technique of digital film production in high-definition: "Das digitale Kino" (Ed. Marille Hahne), Marburg: Schueren 2004.

Just published: Essay on the simulation of analog artefacts in computer generated imagery. In: "Analog/Digital. Opposition oder Kontinuum?" (Ed. Jens Schroeter, Alexander Boehnke) Siegen: Transcript 2004.

University St. Gallen, Switzerland: The Digital Image - Representation, Simulation, or Fiction. November 2004.

University Cologne, Germany, Conference Audio-Visionen : Presentation "The Identity of Sound". October 9, 2004.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zuerich, Switzerland, Institute of Architecture Prof. Dr. A. Moravanszky: Presentation in the series of lectures "Resonance. Space and Sound" November 4, 2003.

Humboldt University, Berlin Germany: Presentation ãFrom Representation to Engulfment: Sound Level in American Mainstream Film" in the conference "Hoerstuerze. Acoustics and Violence in the 20th Century" of the postgraduate seminar ãCoding of Violence in the Media" November 1, 2003.

Max-Ophuels-Festival, Saarbruecken, Germany: Presentation and panel discussion "Sound", October 31, 2003.

Annual Conference of the Society for Media Studies, Hamburg Germany: Presentation in the course of the symposium "Sound. On Technology and Aesthetics in the Media" September 16, 2003.

University of Art and Design, Basel Switzerland: Presentation "Apparatus and Ideology" May 23, 2003.

Joint Meeting of the Swiss Acoustical Society and the Audio Engineering Society Switzerland, Lucerne Switzerland: Presentation and demonstration in 5.1-Surround-Sound "Filmsound".

Einstein-Forum, Berlin: "Framing Reality": panel discussion ãSound and Vision " with Prof. Thomas Schadt (documentary film director und lecturer, Berlin), Martin Todsharow, (composer, Berlin), Tom Tykwer (film director, Berlin) und Prof. Thomas Y. Levin (film scholar, Princeton) with chairman Hanns Zischler (actor, author, translator, Berlin) February 3, 2003. Audiostreaming (in German)

Ruhr-University Bochum Germany, Institute of Media Studies: Presentation "The Problem of Surround-Sound", February 4, 2003.

Ruhr-University Bochum Germany, Institute of Media Studies: Presentation "The Digital Turn in Film Production", February 4, 2003.

Film Festival Solothurn 2003, Switzerland: Chairwoman for a panel on "The Digital Camera" with Tommaso Vergallo, Duboi Paris, Patrick Lindenmaier, director of photography and inventor, Philippe Cordey, director of photography, January 24, 2003

International Audio Cenvention of the German Tonmeister Association VDT, November 21 to 25, 2002 in Hannover Germany: Presentation and Workshop "Sound Design" with Sound Designer Nigel Holland.

Presentation at the Woche des Hörspiels in Berlin, November 14,2002: "Where's the Link? --- The Influence of Digital Cut-and-Paste Techniques on Sound Perception".

Television broadcast "Listening: Sound Design" in Format NZZ, September 30, 2002, 11.05 pm on VOX in Germany, December 15, 2002, 9.30 pm on Swiss Television SFDRS2 in Switzerland. (Text in German)

Digital Cinema Conference in Zurich Switzerland, September 27 and 28, 2002.

Chairwoman of the Workshop "Sound Design" with Sound Designer Mark Mangini, Weddington Studios Hollywood: Filmmusik Biennale in Bonn Germany June 29, 2002.

"Mark Mangini is one of the most renowned sound designers in Hollywood today. As Supervising Sound Editor he is responsible for the sound concepts at Disney ("Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King"), for Steven Soderbergh ("Kafka"), Steven Spielberg ("Raiders of the Lost Ark"), Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element") and for other eminent film-makers. The workshop will be taking a critical look at the work of this US sound designer. Its aim is to use concrete examples to show how the complex soundtrack of an American mainstream film is created as well as the means the designer uses to address the viewers' emotions, the tonal treatment to which he submits sound elements and how he matches up the latter either by mixing or using montage techniques. The workshop will be presented by Barbara Flueckiger,Switzerland, author of "Sound Design - Die virtuelle Klangwelt des Films".

Conference "SchnittStellen" at the Institute of Media Studies, University of Basel Switzerland. Chairwoman of the section "Intermediality -- Film, Music, Photography, Theater", Presentation "Intermedial Genesis of Stereotypes" June 22, 2002.

Presentation at the ASF Conference in Paris: "The Unidentified Sound Object", March 21, 2002.

TV discussion "Sound Design and Filmmusic" on Swiss Television SFRS. With Caroline Link (film director) and Niki Reiser (composer) with chairman Samir (film director).

Presentation at the Acoustical Society of America 140th Meeting / NOISE-CON 2000 in Newport Beach California: "Soundscapes in American Mainstream Films