Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme

Eye Filmmuseum celebrated the 70th anniversary of its collection in 2016 with the launch of a new In-Residence programme. As of 2017, this initiative welcomes invited artists and scholars to explore and creatively reuse archival material within the Eye collection.

The programme follows in a long tradition of previous collaborations with renowned artists and aims to stimulate interactions among artists, scientists and the public. The Residency programme is by invitation only and enables a guest artist and a guest scholar to freely develop or create a project making use of the vast collection and expertise of Eye. The length of the residency is three months.

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  • Maudite soit la guerre (BE, 1914)

  • L'écrin du Radjah (FR, 1906)

  • Le voyage sur Jupiter (FR, 1909)

  • Les Tulipes (FR, 1907)

The invited artist and scholar will be hosted by the Eye Collection Centre, a brand-new expert centre for collection development, preservation, restoration, digitization and research. This centre in Amsterdam-North provides a working space and disposes of facilities that the artists and scholars can make use of – a modern research centre and library, but also various vaults, restoration and scanning ateliers. The artist and the scholar-in-residence will have access to the expertise of Eye curators and a vast collection of approximately 40,000 film titles and other collections besides, such as photos, posters, film apparatuses, film music, books, as well as archives of filmmakers and businesses.

The residency aims to provide the opportunity for public access to the work by the invited artist and scholar, and promotes talks, seminars or workshops as part of the stay. At the end of the residency, the artist and the scholar will give a presentation on the project they have worked on. The form of this presentation can vary from a screening of their new work, a lecture, a publication or the exhibition of an installation. 



2017/2018 Eye Artist-in-Residence

Alexandra Navratil (1978) is a Swiss artist who lives and works in the Netherlands and Switzerland. She teaches at the Art Institute in Basel and has won several awards, including the Manor Art Prize Canton Zurich and the Swiss Art Award. Her most recent exhibitions are “4.543 billion. The matter of matter”, group show curated by Latitudes, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2017) and “Alexandra Navratil / Rachel de Joode – Materialgeschichte(n)”, curated by Nadine Wietlisbach at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland (2017).

2017/2018 Eye Scholar-in-Residence

Christian Gosvig Olesen (1985) is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD degree (with Honours) in Media Studies (Film History in the Making: Film Historiography, Digitised Archives and Digital Research Dispositifs). In his research, he focuses on the relationship between film archives and film historiography from the perspectives of theory of history and philosophy of science. Currently, Olesen is involved in the research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA): Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research (2017-2019), which aims to develop a search method that will enable visual artists and researchers to explore digitised heritage collections on the basis of visual features such as light and colour, form or movement.


2018/2019 Eye Artist-in-Residence

Aimée Zito Lema engages with questions around social memory and the body as an agent of resistance in her practice. Her recent solo exhibitions include 13 Shots at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2018), Imprinted Mater at Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (2017) and A Series of Gestures at Kunsthall, Trondheim (2017).

During her residency at the Eye Collection Centre, Zito Lema intends to pursue a research and produce a new work based on the relationships – real and utopian-, between material, history and social memory. In approaching Eye’s archive she will explore the tension between becoming and remaining through the use of performative and installation elements.

2018/2019 Eye Scholar-in-Residence

Patricia Pisters is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research and teaching focuses on film-philosophy, in conjunction with neuroscience and on political implications of contemporary transnational screen culture and media ecologies. She has published several books including Filming for the Future. The Work of Louis van Gasteren (2016) which is part of the Framing Film book series. Currently she works on a book on cinema and psychopathologies of media culture; and on a multi-media project on metallurgy, alchemy and media art. She also writes and lectures regularly about classic film authors and about Dutch film culture. In 2019 she will be fellow at the Cinepoetics Centre for Advanced Film Studies at the Freie Universitat in Berlin.

As Eye Scholar-in-Residence, Pisters’ intention is to look for films, stories and styles that are transgressive, and that have stretched the borders of perception, questioning the shifting  borders between ‘normal’ and ‘insane’. Relating archival material to what Linda Williams called ‘the frenzy of the visible,’ she hopes to investigate the changing landscapes of perception in a confrontation with madness through film style.

Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence Week 2018

To mark the end of the first edition of the programme and to launch a new one, Eye will organize a special Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence Week from 3-9 December 2018.

This week will include a presentation by scholar Christian Gosvig Olesen on Monday December 3 alongside a screening of the film Paris 1900 (FR, 1947, ’82). More Information on the event here.

On Tuesday December 4 there will be a special Eye on Art programme with artist Alexandra Navratil who will present for the first time the film Under Saturn (Act 1) which she created during her residency at Eye. Navratil’s installation titled Under Saturn (Act 2) which includes 162 still slides from the Eye Collection will be exhibited the entire week at Eye.

Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence Week 2019

The Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence Week (December 2 to 8), marks the end of the 2018-2019 edition of the residency programme. This week will include a lecture by scholar Patricia Pisters on Monday December 2 at 16:30h alongside a screening of five films by Ansuya Blom (free admission). For more information please click here.

On Tuesday December 3 at 19.15h there will be a special programme with artist Aimée Zito Lema who will present the film '214322'  which she created during her residency at Eye. Together with invited guests Amal Alhaag and Daniela Agostinho, Zito Lema will present an evening investigating the margins of the archive. For more information and tickets, click here.

From December 2 to 8, Aimée Zito Lema’s work '214322', film and photographs, will also be exhibited in the Eye Project Space (free admission).