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Research Labs 2022: VRA Academy

Master Institute of Visual Culture: Time Out of Joint

Research Labs 2022

Following a Hito Steyerl remark (“Time is out of joint and we no longer know whether we are objects or subjects as we spiral down in an imperceptible free fall”) students of St. Joost  challenge established hierarchies within film, image, and sound. Is our world a simulation?

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In the Eye Research Lab, the class investigated the genesis of a moving image, as well as film theory, science fiction and video art. They probed the various techniques and production methods utilized in creating a film piece that explores the concept of ‘Time Out of Joint’.

The class experimented with a wide variety of source material including laboratory, analogue archival family, satellite, digital, 3-D rendered and found footage. The development of the course encompassed discussions of film theory, strategical writing, collection of visuals, and examination of critical elements of moving image such as sound mixing and editing.

Destabilise time

The anxieties of the present world seep into the themes for the works and include ecology, memory, dystopia, social media, and emigration in the time of a pandemic.

Challenging established hierarchies within film, image, and sound, the group developed individual concepts that aim to destabilise time within the observer’s perspective. Is our own world a simulation?

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