FLOW on COVID-19 / #FrontlineMessages

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One of the most striking media effects during the corona crisis an increase of both interpersonal social media and mass media such as national broadcasting. In The Netherlands the news and talk shows on public television have not had as many viewers since decades. At the same time new hybrid forms emerge. While  television crews are not or very little allowed into the ‘war zones’ of the corona crisis where the battles are taking place, one of the solutions is to invite nurses, doctors, and other people in the frontline to send their own video blogs about the situation. Public broadcaster BNN/VARA has created an interface to upload personal videos from those whose work is crucial in these extraordinary times. #FrontlineMessages (#Frontberichten) is broadcasted every night and offers unique documents of and insights into the effects of the crisis. While the streets are empty and the world seems to stay on hold because of Covid-19, the phone video messages show the impact of this invisible fiend.

Critics Choice VI: On Collectivity - Atlantique

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During the International Film Festival Rotterdam (22 January - 2 February 2020) Mati Diop's

beautiful film Atlantique (2019) was shown. See here for a trailer. Dutch release 13 February 2020.

As part of the Critics Choice program I made a video essay for this film that can be watched here

See for the full Critics Choice program, curated by Dana Linssen and Jan Pieter Ekker,

IFFR's website or the flyer.

 

Little Joe's 'Mad Scientist'

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Jessica Hausner's reinvention of Frankenstein as a female scientist in a very different world than

Mary Shelley's original one. Deliciously eerie and smart. The trailer is here.

Mati Diop's Atlantics

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One of the very gripping reinventions of the poetics of horror. 

Atlantics - Best recommandation on Netflix 2019. See here for the trailer.

For the International Film Festival Rotterdam I made a video essay (in the Critics Choice program) which you can see here.

System Crasher

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Nora Fingscheidt's System Crasher: Must see... Chilling, Moving, Desperate, Powerful.

See the trailer here.

Poëzie van Buitengewone Perceptie

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2 december 2019, 16.30 uur:

Tijdens haar residency in Eye ging Pisters op zoek naar beelden die ‘het onzichtbare verbeelden’ en beelden die ‘innerlijke percepties’ weerspiegelen. Films waarin de grens tussen werkelijkheid en fictie vervaagt en categorieën als ‘normaal’ en ‘abnormaal’, 'zin' en 'waanzin' in elkaar overvloeien.In het eerste deel van haar presentatie vertelt Pisters over haar onderzoek in de Eye-collectie, waaruit blijkt dat dat onze opvattingen over normale en buitengewone of waanzinnige perceptie nogal zijn verschoven.

Bij haar zoektocht stuitte de hoogleraar op het werk van beeldend kunstenaar en experimenteel filmmaker Ansuya Blom, van wie het filmmuseum recentelijk een aantal films heeft verworven. Blom laat zich onder meer inspireren door het werk van Sylvia Plath, Richard Pryor en Franz Kafka, schrijvers die de innerlijke belevingswereld tot uitgangspunt nemen. Pisters gaat met de kunstenaar in gesprek over haar werk en laat vijf van de door Eye geacquireerde films zien: Lady Lazarus (1984), Amazing Grace (1989), Joe Faces (1995), Hither Come Down on Me (2007) en Lola Magenta (2018). Zie ook de website van EYE.