Seminar : 8 – 10 November 2007

Film as a Critical Practice

This two-day seminar and additional screening programme organized by Marta Kuzma, Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), brings together artists, critics and theorists to discuss "film as a critical practice" by looking into the political and psychoanalytic dimension of film. Topics will range from strategies of the integration of documentary techniques and narrative rupture, delving into the development of these methods, employed by, for example, Guy Debord inThe Society of the Spectacle. The seminar will work through references found in the cinematographic scope of work produced throughout the 1960s and '70s through to more recent examples of how artists structure works that are politically and critically engaged. At the same time, the seminar will explore repositioning of the spectator in relation to the image. The supplemental film programme curated by Ian White, Adjunct Curator of Film from the Whitechapel in London, will be held in conjunction with the seminar and on the evening of 10 November.

The seminar will include individual presentations by each of the following participants. The seminar is moderated by Marta Kuzma, Pablo Lafuente, Managing Editor of the London based contemporary arts journal Afterall, and Peter Osborne, Director, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London, Editor of the journal Radical Philosophy.

Admission is free, but requires R.S.V.P. for each day, and also for the screening programme to by Monday, 5 November 2007.

The programme has been supported with a generous grant from Fritt Ord - The Freedom of Expression Foundation.