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W Dialogu z Widzem – In Dialogue with the Spectator in CSW Łaźnia in Gdańsk

wtorek, 3 marca, 2020

I’m giving a talk in Gdańsk’s Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia, invited by the ultimate experimental film specialist, curator Jolanta Woszczenko. It’s super important to me, because this talk allows me to put together my thoughts on Research in Film from the practice perspective. I think we have something going on in here and it’s my idea for now to confront this hunch I have with audiences. I will have a chance to summarize the tools of subjective, open conversation, that a maker can enhance with the spectator. The talk gathers my endless conversations with Stanisław LiguzińskiEyal Sivan, and my Master of Film Amsterdam colleagues on essay film and personal voice, but also on collective subjectivity, as continued through talks on collectivity on IFFR Sessions under the kind eye of Rachael Rakes and Julian Ross. It also is an important step in my mental journey through concepts of active spectatorship heavily influenced through sound practice as performed a priori and a posteriori by amazing minds of Regenerative Feedback’s Sonia de Jager Dambrauskas and Noiserr’s Martina Raponi, who are both not on facebook and the thoughts on immersiveness, I gathered from being on IDFA DocLab every year. I had a great opportunity to put together exceptional works from the makers around me, including Eliane Esther BotsMaría MolinaVera MennensPablo Núñez PalmaGiovanni GiarettaVita EvangelistaFrederique Pisuisse and Jacob Dwyer, who agreed for me to show fragments of their works. Thank you people, you are gold.




pictured – a fragment of „Tripsitter” By Frederique Pisuisse

PARAKINO: Artistic Research in Film

Venue: 4 march at 6.00 p.m.

Curator of the Parakino cycle: Jolanta Woszczenko
Curator of March screening: Julia Sokolnicka

This program will be dedicated to films developed through Artistic Reserach in Film and to the notion of the Artistic Research itself. We will look at works from the point of view of the practice – focusing less on the final work of art, and more at the process.

We will screen fragments of works that emphasize the film as storytelling (Artistic research in Cinema as opposed to Video Art) and focus on the means of narrative, instead of aesthetics. During the presentation, Julia Sokolnicka will show fragments of works by audiovisual artists identified as experimental filmmakers, whose methodologies are shaped within the knowledge and production schemes of the art institutions in the Netherlands. We will also discuss the fresh findings of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, that showcases new perspectives and short artistic films.

The lecture- screning will feature artists who engage in art-making as knowledge production, including fragments of the works of Frederique Pissuise, Jacob Dwyer, Vita Evangelista, Giovanni Giaretta, Eliane Boots, Pablo Núñez Palma, Maria Molina or Vera Mennes – artists connected to the Dutch Film Academy, Lima platform, Sandberg Instituut, De Ateliers and Rijksakademie.

With the help of visual material, Julia will attempt to categorize the tools of cinematic storytelling, that define the author’s relationship with the viewer understood as a partner. Those include Voice Over, use of New Media and editing, that helps audiance to build a relationship with the story and the author. As well as means that serve intimacy of storytelling – a specific use of sound, simplicity of form, performative elements

In the context of Artistic Research, and within an assumption of conscious work in the process, the significance of individual author- a star artist- shifts to the context of collective subjectivity. A conscious and receptive viewer becomes a partner and sometimes a co-creator of the work.

Julia Sokolnicka is the founder and member of the Reseracher Office – agency of artistic services, creating narratives with, and for Institutions and Archives. She created „Hearth”- a series of meetings around artistic reserach in film, at DeAppel gallery in Amsterdam. During the meeting in Łaźnia, she will also share her work experiences and research projects (including Het Nieuwe Instituut, Vertical Atlas curated by Benjamin Bratton) and examples of vertical narratives. Her programming and public relations work has recently focused on shifting attention to collectivization as a potentially sustainable model of working in arts.
Sokolnicka was a member of this year’s IFFR Sessions at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which gathered a group of authors, curators, critics and artists, discussing the conditions of collectivity as a new model of film production. IFFR Sessions aimed to recognize models of collective participation in the intersection of the art market and film market. In her artistic work and social activities, she is interested in the idea of ​​negotiation and confrontation, as well as tools of protocol or manual and the ideas of ​​Good Behavior, Common Rule or emotional education. Julia is a co-founder of the Professional Standards Regulation Network For Artists.

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IFFR Sessions

niedziela, 1 marca, 2020

I was selected to participate in 2020 IFFR Sessions on Collective making. Sessions is a series of discursive ‘sessions’ in which selected participants take part in workshops designed for discussion and learning.



Taking place daily over the first weekend of IFFR 2020 (23–27 January), and hosted by Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, IFFR Sessions promise to offer a platform for discussion, time and space for reflection and a laboratory for critical engagement. Each morning, IFFR will invite a professional (artist/filmmaker, curator or writer) to lead a three-hour session involving a presentation and screening, specially put together and solely for the group, followed by a discussion.

 IFFR Sessions was held around the theme Collectivity. Celebrating the spirit of collective discussion and action, the sessions explored alternatives to the cult of personality and the possibility of collaboration outside of hierarchical relations. The theme resonated with aspects of IFFR’s programme in 2020.

The sessions were be moderated by curator and writer Rachael Rakes, Programmer at Large for Film at Lincoln Center, where she co-curates the annual festival Art of the Real, and Editor at Large for Verso Books. Until recently she was Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel, Amsterdam.

The speakers included Karrabing Collective, Rojava Film Commune, Hafiz Ranjcale of ruangrupa, Eric Baudlaire, and the Nest Collective.

You can find the full program here:


pics by Julian Ross

My Participation in the IFFR Sessions was supported by Nederalnds Film Fonds! 


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