Leviathan, a documentary film about fishing ships in the Northern Atlantic, by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and VÃ©rÃ©na Paravel, won the international criticsâ€™ prize at the Locarno Film Festival. I could see it, thanks to Mark Peranson and Bettina SteinbrÃ¼gge, and indeed, I pass you on the recommendation to go and see this work, which achieves â€œan immersive cinematic experience […] with small, waterproof digital cameras that were variously tethered to the fishermen, tossed in with their dead or dying catch and plunged into the roiling oceanâ€ as described in a New York Times article (click here to read).
Castaing-Taylorâ€™s approach to filming, which is inspired by lifeâ€™s unpredictability, is also at the core of the â€œSensory Ethnography Labâ€ at Harvard University, which â€œsupports innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography that deploy original media practices to explore the bodily praxis and affective fabric of human and animal existence, and the aesthetics and ontology of the natural world. Harnessing perspectives drawn from the arts, the human sciences, and the humanities, works produced in the SEL encourage attention to the many dimensions of life and the world that m
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
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