Talks / Workshops

The Oberhausen Seminar 2017 – Exploring contemporary artists’ moving image practice

Oberhausen, Germany
Deadline: 01 February 2017

The Oberhausen Seminar 2017 – Exploring contemporary artists’ moving image practice

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 Michele Pierson and Mike Zryd, it is designed to provide a platform where art and cinema meet. It is a gathering that brings together artists, 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 is adressesing primarily young and upcoming professionals. 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 25 applications will be selected.

Deadline for applications: 1 February, 2017

Seminar Fees: The Seminar fee of Euro 250 (excl. transaction fees) covers all Seminar sessions plus a Festival pass and catalogue, providing access to all screenings, events and talks during the Festival, as well as refreshments and lunch for the festival period (6 days). Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation (rooms at affordable rates can be provided).

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 works as a curator and critic, as well as for various media institutions such as the CFMDC or the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, whose co-founder he is.


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