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FILM SCREENING: De Langste Dag/The Longest Day

The VAMA Research Master students kindly invite you to the screening of:

Jef Cornelis, ‘De langste dag / The longest day’, BRT, 1986 (6:15 hours)

The screening marks the end of the course ‘Critical Issues in the Cultural Industries’ (Prof. Wouter Davidts) and coincides with the public launch of the website of the course made by the students.

tuesday 8 december

14:00 – 15:15 : room 11A-02
15:15 – 21:00 : room 10A-05

free entry
open to all students of the Graduate School of the Humanities
light food and drinks will be served

Visual Arts, Media and Architecture (VAMA) Research Master
Faculty of Arts, VU University





Jef Cornelis (°1941) worked as executor, director and scriptwriter for the VRT, the Dutch-language Belgian public broadcasting corporation, from 1963 until 1998. Over those 35 years Cornelis accomplished an impressive body of work. It comprises over 200 titles and is generally considered as groundbreaking, artistically and cultural-historically.

‘De Langste Dag / The Longest Day’ is a unique film that consists of the lengthy live coverage of the opening event of the notorious exhibition ‘Chambres d’Amis’, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in private dwellings in the city centre of Ghent. The film is one of Cornelis’ most radical experiments with live television and with the format of the documentary. Exploiting the available logistics of the Tour de France (helicopters, mobile reporters and a television studio with guests), this film presented the television audience in 1986 with a revelatory, and at times kaleidoscopic view of such a cultural event as the opening of an extra-muros art exhibition.


This website is the outcome of the course Critical Issues in the Cultural Industries, supervised by prof. Wouter Davidts within the context of the Visual Arts, Media & Architecture MPhil program at VU University Amsterdam. Contributors to the site are the first and second year students of the research master enrolled in the course.