video essays

Keeping it Distant from Up Close: How to See Cancer. Videoessay anlässlich des Video Symposiums «Taking Measures. Usages of Formats in Film and Video Art», eine Kooperation zwischen dem Seminar für Filmwissenschaft der Universität Zürich und dem Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich. Februar 2021

Visual thoughts on distance and proximity in film, stemming from an ongoing collaboration between Carla Gabrí and Alexandra Gelis. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Gelis began working on a series of artworks and artistic interventions surrounding her mother’s illness and subsequent healing process. This video deals with three works created during this time: «Radiotherapy», shot on Super 8mm, the 16mm film «Exits and Entries», and «Doing and Undoing: Poems from Within» – an 18-channel, electronic video installation. Excerpts from these three works are interwoven with additional footage not seen before, while a written text is being read aloud about how the films scale bodies, touch skin and connect memories. In this dialogue between image and sound, the video itself becomes a connective tissue, intermingling different types of material, thinking modes and experiences.

Further readings:
David Summers, Real Spaces, Phaidon Press 2003, pp. 15–60
Laura U. Marks, The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses, Duke University Press 2000, pp. 5 & 129
Mary Ann Doane, «Scale and the Negotiation of Real and Unreal Space in the Cinema», L. Nagib and C. Mello (eds.), Realism and the Audiovisual Media, Palgrave Macmillan 2009, pp. 63–81, here p. 74
Walter Benjamin, «The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction», Walter Benjamin, One-way Street and Other Writings, trans. J.A. Underwood, introd. by Amit Chaudhuri, Penguin 2009, pp. 228–259, here p. 248


vorträge / künstlergespräche

Merging Time Scales in Justin Bennetts Vilgiskoddeoayvinyari: Wolf Lake on the Mountains. Vortrag anlässlich des internationalen Workshops «Images of Nature», Seminar für Filmwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, 7.-8.5.2021

Touching Skin, Touching Time: Doing & Undoing. Poems from Within. Online-Vortrag anlässlich der BAFTSS Konferenz zu «Time and the Body in Film, Television and Screen Studies» (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies), University of Southampton Centre for International Film, 7.-8. April 2021

Elizabeth Price – A Long History: Sammlung und videoinstallatives Gegennarrativ. Geschichtskontor Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich, 23.3.2021

Writing on the Wall: Zones of In-Betweenness in Arthurian Cinema. Vortrag zusammen mit Raoul DuBois anlässlich der Tagung «Negotiating Cultures in Arthurian Fiction», Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, 25.-26.4.2020 [re-scheduled due to the pandemic]

Patterns of the Conquerors. John Forbes Watsons textile Musterbücher im Kurzfilm. Vortrag anlässlich des Workshops «Medialität von Erinnerung», Zentrum für historische Mediologie (ZhM), Universität Zürich, 1.11.2019

Formats in Dóra Maurer's experimental films Timing (1973/80) and Proportions (1979). Vortrag anlässlich der Konferenz «Slices of Everyday Lives», CineMuseSpace: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences, University of Cambridge, 19.9.2019

Künstlergespräch mit Justina Simeon, Präsidentin der Stiftung Cuort Ligia Grischa, anlässlich der Ausstellung «Welt(t)räume in Trun», Museum Sursilvan, Trun, 14.9.2019

Relations in Dóra Maurer's experimental films. Vortrag anlässlich des Workshops «Filmische Zeitlichkeiten: Formate, Dispositive, mediale Räume». Seminar für Filmwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, 13.9.2019

Fabricated Standards. Textile und filmische Formatierungspraktiken. Vortrag anlässlich des Forschungskolloquiums des Seminars für Filmwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, 10.4.2019

Künstlergespräch mit Sascha Regina Reichstein, anlässlich des Kurzfilmprogrammes «Unfolding Formats», mumok Kino, Museum moderner Kunst, Wien, 5.12.2018

Patterns of the Conquerors. Vortrag anlässlich des internationalen Workshops «Shorts on Shortage», Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 9.11.2018

Künstlergespräch mit Sascha Regina Reichstein, gemeinsam mit Fabienne Liptay, anlässlich der Ausstellung «100 Ways of Thinking», Kunsthalle Zürich, 3.11.2018

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