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The work examines our phenomenological desire to document experience through image-making. It uses cinema as a medium of self-viewing and self-encounter [Rennebohm 2018] and responds to the work of Ackerman, Wearing, Kotting, Mekas and Varda. It explores the aporia between “the time of the soul and the time of the world” [Riccouer 1984] through filmmaking ultimately asking whether some lines of philosophical enquiry can be expressed more effectively through a non-textual/non-verbal approach.
The webspace documents the process of making the film, curated responses to it, related work, and internet memes that could be regarded as a collective, unconscious, expression of the same question.
The originality and significance of this work are reflected in the level of impact. It prompted a national debate on the nature and value of “art” which reached the Metro, Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, and BBC Radio 4 Six O’clock News. The Times Educational Supplement commissioned an article about the work which was accompanied by a schools resource encouraging children to explore experimental filmmaking.
The film screened at thirteen internationally recognised film festivals, the ICA, the CCA (Glasgow), the Royal Scottish Academy and public spaces across Sweden. It received an award at Stuttgart FilmWinter and won International Competition at VideoEx Experimental Film Festival (Switzerland) competing against that years Turner Prize winner. After being made available online it was watched over 4,700 times.
It was presented as part of a paper on filmmaking as philosophical enquiry at MeCCSA Practice Symposium, Lincoln 2018.
|Place of Publication||Germany|
|Publisher||Stuttgart Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media 2014|
|Media of output||Film|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2014|
|Event||Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival of Expanded Cinema - Stuttgart, Germany|
Duration: 10 Jan 2014 → 19 Jan 2014
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- 9 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
Sam Firth (Contributor)2014
Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
Press / Media
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities
Firth, Sam (Recipient), May 2014
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)