New Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme presented

Maudite soit la guerre

7 December 2018

Following a long tradition of previous collaborations with renowned artists and academics Eye presents the 2018/2019 edition of the Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme. This programme which was first introduced in 2017 is by invitation only allows an artist and a scholar to explore and creatively reuse archival material within the Eye collection. This year, Eye has invited Dutch artist Aimée Zito Lema and Dutch scholar Patricia Pisters.

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.

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.

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The Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme is supported by the Ladies Eye Circle and FC Waterboys.