Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir | Berlin, Germany
Der Essayfilm – sichtbares Denken (‘The Essayfilm – visible thinking’)
Michael Temple (director of The Essay film festival, London), Ben Gibson (director of the German Film and TV Academy), Ralph Eue (programme director of DOK Leipzig), Kathrin Becker (director of Neue Berliner Kunstverein video archive), Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir (artist), Klaus Theweleit (theorist), Jean-Luc Godard (filmmaker), Sven Kramer (theorist), Martina Zöllner (programme director of ‘Doku und Fiktion’ at rbb, Radio&TV of Berlin/Brandenburg), Wilfried Reichart (film critic), Frédéric Jaeger (film critic), Michaela Ott (theorist), Nora M. Alter (theorist), Dónal Foreman (filmmaker), Bazon Brock (artist), Cecilia Valenti (curator at the Arsenale film institute, Berlin), Heiner Mühlenbrock (filmmaker) and Anke Sternborg (film critic).
Denkerei, Oranienplatz 2, 10999 Berlin
October 19th – 21st, 2018.
‘The Essafilm – visible thinking’ is a three day program of lectures, talks and film screenings curated by filmmaker Heiner Mühlenbrock and curator Cecilia Valenti in cooperation with the Denkerei, the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), the Berlin University of the Arts and the fsk Cinema.
See the programme here: https://denkerei-berlin.de/kalender/?id=1284
Philosophy and abstraction in documentary film produced a cinematic art form in the 20th century: the essay film. The event “The Essay Film – Visible Thinking” sheds light on this cinematic phenomenon that can hardly be understood with the mere help of traditional genre definitions and only inadequately as an experimental film form between fiction and documentary. In the context of film screenings as well as publicly accessible lectures and discussions, the essay film is to be thoroughly reflected – outside of the classical institutions and beyond discursive discourses. It is a three day meeting of interlocutors who otherwise work separately in their disciplines: filmmakers, thinkers, cultural critics and media theorists. Together, they discuss the position of the essay film within the current production of images in art and the media, try their hand at a historical contextualization and reflect on possible future forms of the essay film.
5 – 7pm October 21st, 2018: Kathrin Becker talks with Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir about her artistic practice at the intersection of fiction and reality, film and visual art, essay and document. This raises the question: Does the essay film find its place more and more in the art world? – in English language.
About the artist
Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir is a contemporary visual artist and a filmmaker born in Reykjavík, Iceland but based in Berlin, Germany. She works predominately on long-term projects; creative documentaries, large mixed-media installations and interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. The subject of her works touches upon socio-economic issues from a personal perspective. Her last project Keep Frozen touched on the subject of the intersection of film and video art.
Gudnadóttir holds an MA degree in interactive design from Middlesex University (2001) and BA in visual art from Iceland Academy of the Arts (2007) and BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Iceland (1997). She has staged solo exhibitions in museums such as Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art – in Berlin, Reykjavik Art Museum and ASI Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland but also in ‘Kunsthalle’ projects that included Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig under the leadership of Candace Goodrich (2016) and renowned project spaces such as Program in Berlin (2010) curated by Carson Chan and Fotini Lazaridou- Hatzigoga. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions and screenings at galleries, project spaces and film festivals in countries such as USA, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, UK, France, Poland, Serbia, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Japan and Hong Kong. Her next solo exhibition after that will be at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin where she currently holds the invitation of artist-in- residence for one year.