The Brainstorm Sessions

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In De Brakke Grond: an exhibition at the intersection between artistic and scientific experiments; the first ever performance by ‘stand-up scientist’ Damiaan Denys, Head of Psychiatry at the AMC hospital ; a ‘neuro-concert’ by nanoscientist Anirban Bandyopadyay and a film programme in the Kriterion cinema in cooperation with Patricia Pisters, author of The Neuro-Image. For the detailed programme see the website of De Brakke Grond. 


Presentation of Dictionnaire Universel des Femmes Creatrices

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On 22 November 2013 a moving presentation of the three volume universal dictionnary of creating women: Le Dictionnaire Universel des Femmes Créatrices, published by the legendary Editions des Femmes in Paris, founded forty years ago by Antoinette Fouque. The presentation took place at the UNESCO building in Paris and was honored by the presence of countless 'grandes dames' of French cinema and music such as Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Riva, Juliette Greco, Lio, Nicole Garcia and Marina Vlady. See here for more and better pictures. The waiting is for the English translation and an online edition, both on their way. Here is  information in French about the project. And in the mean time here is my contribution for the entree about women directors in the Netherlands  in English (publication in French in the first volume of the dictionnary).

Creative Film Criticism

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Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez will be in Amsterdam for a lecture and masterclass on creative film criticism. Organized by NICA in collaboration with the Slow Criticism Project of De Filmkrant.

Hitchcock, Fellini and Johan van der Keuken at the Ecole Normale Superieure Paris

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Teaching on Hitchcock, Fellini and Johan van der Keuken as invited professor of the Department of History and Theory of the Arts at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. 

Camera Consciousness - New Outlooks on the Presence of Film

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On November 26 and 27, in Stockholm, the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) will organize a two-day seminar exploring the concept of “camera consciousness.” 

The camera has become a natural part of our everyday lives, deeply influencing our understanding and interpretation of what we come to experience as “reality.” How does this affect the ways in which we tell stories? What consequences does this have for the film medium itself? These central questions will be highlighted through aesthetic, philosophical as well as practical perspectives.The programme includes international and Swedish guests who will engage participants in their questioning through a series of lectures, workshops and artistic performances.

Professor Patricia Pisters, from University of Amsterdam, will act as keynote speaker and deliver a lecture entitled “From Peeping Toms to Sensing Alices,” centering around her exploration of the concept “camera consciousness.”Other attendants will be: Mia Engberg, Michel Wenzer, Joachim Trier, Linn Hilda Lamberg, Marius Dybwad Brandrud, Aida Cheherhgosha, Ninja Thyberg, Linda Sternö, Klara Björk, Maaret Koskinen, Ingrid Ryberg, Kalle Boman, Per Eriksson, Tove Torbiörnsson, Maja Borg, Annika Wik and there will be art works by Jonas Dahlberg, Victoria Skogsberg, Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson. For more information, please visit (in Swedish). 

Digital Cinema as World Memory

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See here a response from Yuk Hui during the masterclass at Leuphana University.