New Artist and Scholar-in-Residence program in EYE Collection Centre

Christian Gosvig Olesen

24 November 2017

EYE Filmmuseum celebrates the 70th anniversary of its collection with the creation of a new Artist and Scholar-in-Residence program in the EYE Collection Centre. As of 2017, this initiative welcomes invited artists and scholars to explore and creatively reuse archival material within the EYE collection.

The residence program is by invitation and enables a guest artist and a guest scholar to freely develop a project making use of the vast collection and expertise of EYE. The first Artist-in-Residence is Alexandra Navratil and the first Scholar-in-Residence is Christian Gosvig Olesen.

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).

During her residency at the EYE Collection Centre, Navratil will conduct research on non-fiction and industrial films, and on the materiality of nitrate film. She will make use of archival footage and newly filmed sequences to produce a new installation.

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.

During his residency at EYE, Olesen’s research takes its cue from the SEMIA project and departs from the observation that media artists increasingly make use of digitised films to create artistic data visualizations, while only a relatively small number of media scholars are now beginning to explore the intersection between media art and scholarly research.

The new Artist and Scholar-in Residence-program follows in a long tradition of previous collaborations with renowned artists and aims to stimulate interactions among the archive, artists, scientists and the public. The program will promote public access to the work by the invited artist and scholar through talks, seminars or workshops, which will be part of the residency.