The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in conjunction with LUX (London) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), introduced a new programme segment in 2014 which will be held for the fourth time during the 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (11 to 16 May, 2017).
The Seminar is an experimental course exploring contemporary artists’ moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. Led by Erika Balsom, a lecturer and writer based in London, it is designed to provide a platform where art and cinema meet. It is a gathering that brings together filmmakers, critics and curators, using the Oberhausen Film Festival as a laboratory to discuss ideas in the curation, production and criticism of contemporary moving image media. With the festival as text and model to examine, the cohort will closely examine film and video works, the infrastructures that allow them to circulate, and the critical frames used to curate and analyze them.
The Seminar leaders:
Michele Pierson is a London-based researcher and writer on experimental film. She is the author of a book on special effects and co-editor of a volume of essays on Ken Jacobs (Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs). Her essays on experimental film have appeared in Discourse, Cinema Journal, The Moving Image, Screen and Millennium Film Journal. Particular areas of research interest include: experimental film historiographies; film exhibition (including programming); accessibility; women’s filmmaking. She is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London.
Mike Zryd teaches Cinema & Media Arts at York University in Ontario. His main focus is on experimental media (film, video art, installations and new media). He also works as a curator and critic and co-founded the Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group for SCMS.
The Seminar is addressing primarily young and upcoming professionals. It is open to international artists, filmmakers, curators and researchers who work with moving images and in particular with artists' film and video. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the course of study. Efforts will be made to create a diverse grouping of participants from different geographic regions, and to create a balanced mix of artists, curators and critics. All Seminar activities will take place in English. Only 30 applications will be selected.
Applications are possible until 1 February 2017: