From its modest beginnings in 2012, Eye’s Researchlabs has blossomed into an annual one-day festival. Best of ResearchLabs now celebrates the ninth anniversary with a show by the anarchist band LUza CULT, the screening of this year’s winning film and new works by three previous ResearchLab award winners.
For one day, a jury consisting of students from the participating art schools considers work made by students of the audio-visual departments. There will be one-hour presentations from each art school from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.
The winning film is screened in one of Eye’s cinemas, followed by a short and scintillating show by the anarchist two-man band LUza CULT, while three previous winners present new work and talk about their experiences.
Rosella Nissio: The Silent Ray, 2019, 18’
The Italian visual artist and filmmaker Rosella Nisio twice won a ResearchLab (2018, 2019) while a student at the Piet Zwart Institute. Nissio went on to make two new short films with an Emerging Talent Stipendium awarded by the Mondriaan Fund. In The Silent Ray – well received at film festivals – a man tries to capture the threads of his memory. He was caught up in Mussolini’s colonial war against Ethiopia in 1935-36. the lines between past and present become blurred.
Roman Ermolev: Goya, 2020, 10’
Roman Ermolev won de ResearchLab Award for Best Film (Le Macaour) as a Rietveld Academy student in 2017. The photographer and filmmaker, who received a 3 Package Deal Award from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), is working on a film on art and fate, peripherally inspired by the assault on artist Rob Scholte (24 November 1994). Goya is an experimental film based on the music album of the same name by jazz baritone saxophonist and composer Giuseppe Doronzo.
Yannan Pan: The Daily Life of a Doll, 2020, 5'
Pan won the ResearchLab Award in 2020 while a student at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, St. Joost School of Fine Arts (AKV) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. She has made a film about her experiences during the COVID 19 pandemic, when she was largely confined to her 9 square metre room. Pan put a doll in her room that mimicked her daily activities. A computer screen, Instagram and Tinder accounts connect the doll with the outside world.
Every year during the time of the Researchlabs presentations, Eye is a hub for students of academies and universities who flock to present their own work and view that of others.