Lights, Camera, Investigation A Roundtable Discussion on Research and/as Video-Making

How does making video differ from writing about it? What power do images and video-making tools have to change thoughts, or to think themselves? These questions motivated this virtual roundtable discussion between individuals with differing intellectual and professional relationships to video practice – a video artist, essayist, and documentarist.

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Rijk Kay: ‘Camp Milo’

This video essay explores the aesthetic and rhetorical elements of the American alt-right and its entwinement with confused understandings of irony, as well as its close relative, camp. As such, it addresses the appropriation of elements of camp discourse by both the un-queer and the reactionary homosexual, arguing that camp can function as a mode…

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Isadora Ponce – Sonic Textualities

Sound writing is the performance in word-sound of a non-discursive form of affective transition resulting from acts of listening, also known as sound knowledge. Sonic textualities are two small pieces of sonic sensations that emerged during the process of listening to Daniel Mancero and Nicola Cruz’ music, accompanied by the theoretical voices resounding in Isadora’s…

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Flora Woudstra Hablé: ‘Cosmic Resonance’

What is the appeal of astrology? Across social media, astrological knowledge and theory is widely disseminated and discussed. There must be something special about this pseudo-science for it to capture the attention of so many. Combining interviews with visualisations of abstract thought, this video essay explores different analyses of online astrological practice, casting light on…

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Ilse van der Spoel – As Above, So Below: Drone Cinematography, Aerial Vision and the Vertical Perspective

Recent years saw a ‘seeping in’ of drone cinematography in film, becoming a ubiquitous technology in contemporary cinema, but also in other moving image practices: news reports, advertising and YouTube ‘vloggers’ use drone technologies. This video essay focuses on these vertical perspectives and aerial imagery. When ‘bird’s-eye views’ are extracted from films and edited together,…

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