Young and upcoming professionals can apply now for the five-day seminar as part of the 69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The Oberhausen Seminar is an experimental course designed to explore contemporary artists' moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival.
The seminar is addressing primarily international artists, filmmakers, curators and researchers and will be held in English. Only 25 applicants will be selected to meet daily during the festival to discuss the programmes they have seen with each other and with guests.
The 2023 seminar will be led by Salla Tykkä, Professor for Moving Image and Contemporary Arts in the University of Arts, Academy of Arts, in Helsinki.
Seminar leader Salla Tykkä
Salla Tykkä lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She did her MFA in Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki 1995-2003. During her studies she focused on photography and moving image as her main medium. In her video and film works Tykkä have utilized different formal strategies from short fiction to experimental feature long documentary. Her practise is rooted in the female experience especially in the act of looking and becoming to see and seen. Disassembling, reframing and rethinking images and scenes of images Tykkä unveils their connections with the political and structural power often hidden in everyday visual narratives. She is interested how through creative processes emotional, fragile, and personal can fuel political and critical stance to life and work.
Since 2017 Tykkä works as Professor for Moving Image and Contemporary Arts in the University of Arts, Academy of Arts, in Helsinki.
The Oberhausen Seminar
The Oberhausen Seminar is an experimental course designed to explore contemporary artists' moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. International practitioners from various fields - artists and filmmakers, curators and researchers - will use our Festival as a laboratory to discuss ideas in the curation of contemporary moving image media, the infrastructures which allow them to circulate, and the critical frames used to analyse them.
The seminar has been organised by the Festival since 2014 in cooperation with LUX (London) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York).