Volume 11.1

ISSN 2514-3123
https://doi.org/10.37186/swrks/11.1


Rolling Volume 11.1

We are delighted to publish our fifth entry to Vol. 11.1, Elisabeth Brun’s Thinking Through Form, a compelling exploration of essay film techniques. In this award winning experimental work, Brun explores how essayist film practice may be a way to think topographically. She suggests that through non-verbal techniques such as camera movement, camera position, montage and algorithm, films can think conceptually about place forms and place structures, as well as their projective powers for the imagination. Brun’s video essay is structured around three visits to her remote hometown in the Arctic North of Norway, exploring this site to build her ideas about how places are perceived, imagined and conceptualized.

Anatomy of a Mermaid: Subverting the performative image of the pregnant woman, by Adriana Páramo Pérez, is a video essay which explores the use of parody in the play Anatomía dunha serea / Anatomy of a Mermaid by Galician actress Iria Pinheiro to share the experiences of obstetric violence she went through during and after childbirth. Páramo Pérez interrogates how the use of humour to portray pregnant women in films has helped to perpetuate a performative image of this experience rather than subverting the imaginary, opening up a conversation about how to portray this uncomfortable topic on screen.

Mirrors and Tears, is a short film by Pavel Prokopic which explores the potential of film to give rise to a feeling of meaning (affective significance) by combining chance, aspects of audio-visual style and nuances of performance – offsetting, in the process, a coherent sense of space, story and fictional characters. Rather than constructing a story, this approach leads to a new disconnected, alogical structure – forging a sense of meaning that is felt before it can be thought.

Chek Lap Kok (Hong Kong Airport) 21.00 01.12.19 is a short video by Stephen Connolly which documents a walk to Hong Kong Airport from the Expo centre on the airport island, by means of slow travel, under makeshift conditions, and without carbon expenditure. The video offers a brief exploration of the materialities and grounded infrastructures of aviation at a moment of pandemic-led change and invites us to look anew at the familiar and banal physical geography of the airport and how we move within it, drawing on Lefebvre’s Production of Space and theories of ‘Spatial Cinema’.

Iakovos Panagopoulos’ visually arresting Flickering Souls Set Alight is a thirty minute fiction film following the life of a Greek family during the toughest years of the financial crisis. With her husband on a life support machine, the film depicts Persephone’s financial and emotional struggles, drawing attention to a lack of support for people suffering from ALS. This practice-research enquiry asks how modernist techniques, such as Brechtian alienation, can comment on contemporary Greek social issues. Highlighting the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos, Andrei Tarkovsky and Abbas Kiarostami as references, Panagopoulos’ research statement details his production process through the lens of a total filmmaker approach and proposes a new wave of political cinema in Greece.

We are accepting submissions for Volume 11.1 until August 2021. To submit work please read our Submissions Guidelines and use our Online Submission Form. If you are interested in submitting your practice and want further advice, then please contact us on [email protected] with “Submissions” in the subject line.


Contents

Thinking Through Form

Author: Elisabeth Brun
Format: Video Essay
Duration: 7′ 00″
Published: February 2021

A seven minute experimental video, exploring how essayist film practice may be a way to think topographically,…

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Anatomy of a Mermaid

Author: Adriana Páramo Pérez
Format: Video Essay
Duration: 9′ 7″
Published: February 2021

A video essay exploring the use of parody to highlight obstetric violence and interrogate the representation of childbirth on screen…

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Mirrors and Tears

Author: Pavel Prokopic
Format: Short Film
Duration: 6′ 4″
Published: November 2020

An audio-visual structure that does not aim to communicate specific meaning or a story but instead brings together disjointed lines of dialogue…

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Chek Lap Kok

Author: Stephen Connolly
Format: Video
Duration: 6′ 48″
Published: October 2020

A spatial film which explores the global mobilities connecting the cities of London and Hong Kong via a material journey through an airport terminal…

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Flickering Souls Set Alight

Author: Iakovos Panagopoulos
Format: Short Film
Duration: 29′ 50″
Published: September 2020

A fiction film employing modernist Brechtian techniques to tell the story of a three-member Greek family during the toughest years of the financial crisis…

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This volume is supported by the Moving Image Research Group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, UWE Bristol.

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