The Video Essay as Liquid Criticism: Short Films on Film

 

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FRI 25/10 AT 17:00 SLOTTS

Video essays are almost invariably short in length, given their intended circulation
online, and sometimes they are very short indeed. They thus depart from the traditions of earlier uses of “found footage,” especially by artists, to explore the cinema. If the short film is an art form in its own right, in ways that are not simply reducible to matters of duration alone, then video essays are also unique kinds of documentary or essayistic filmmaking, ones that usually depend on particularly intense and dynamic forms of interplay between the voice or hand of the video critic and the materiality of the original films.

In the last fifteen years, since the advent of online-video hosting platforms and accessible digital editing software, audiovisual forms of film criticism made by new kinds of filmmaker-critics have really taken off. “Video essays” on films, featuring unfolding arguments using moving image and sound excerpts from the works under
examination, are now ubiquitous at commercial and cinephile websites, and these forms have also been taken up widely in schools and academia as compelling ways of studying the movies.

This programme of video essays presents a compelling sample of work from some
of the world’s leading practitioners of the form, and across a range of its emergent genres, from “supercut” compilations and split-screen comparisons to “desktop documentaries” and experimental “digital humanities” works.

Curator: Catherine Grant, video essayist and Professor at the University of London


WES ANDERSON // CENTERED
USA 2014. 2 min. DIRECTION: kogonada

WOMEN, INTIMACY, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN HITCHCOCK FILMS
USA 2018. 4 min. DIRECTION: Emma Hampsten

COLORED LIGHTING IN PARIS, TEXAS
SWITZERLAND 2019, 4 min. DIRECTION: Oswald Iten

IN PRAISE OF BLUR
UK/FRANCE 2017, 6 min. DIRECTION: Richard Misek, Martine Beugnet

FRAMES AND CONTAINERS
UK 2017. 9 min. DIRECTION: Charlie Lyne

MY CRUSH WAS A SUPERSTAR
FRANCE 2017, 10 min. DIRECTION: Chloé Gallibert-Laine

PERSONA VERSUS FRANKENSTEIN
BELGIUM 2015, 4 min. DIRECTION: David Verdeure,Filmscalpel

EDGE
USA 2017. 6 min. DIRECTION: Kevin L. Ferguson

FATED TO BE MATED
UK 2018. 5 min. DIRECTION: Catherine Grant

THE SPIELBERG FACE
USA 2011. 10 min. DIRECTION: Kevin B. Lee

COTTON – THE FABRIC OF GENOCIDE
USA 2018. 4 min. DIRECTION: Cydnii Haris

THE FOLLOW SHOT: A TALE OF TWO ELEPHANTS
USA 2017. 13 min. DIRECTION: Jordan Schonig


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