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Research Labs 2022: Universiteit van Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam: Playing Film

Research Labs 2022

Inspired by the lectures of sociologists Johan Huizinga and Rogers Caillois, University of Amsterdam students offer us  ‘Playing Film’. The programmw aims to find one of the most fundamental elements of creativity, film and art: play and playfulness.

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There’s something all the films in this programme have in common: they'll disconnect you for a while from everything else as you focus on one thing only – playing.

The passive audience become active players in this engaging programme and by finding patterns in randomness, the films are much more connected than expected at first sight. Because play is everywhere. It is toying with absurdity and parody, cleverly playing with film language, and finding rhythm, movement and sense in chaos.

Cheering for marble

Play is about using rules and breaking them, and so does this programme. From crafting a Rubik’s cube to solving a crossword to cheering for a marble, our curated films are proof that ever since the dawn of cinema we can’t help but to play with whatever gets into our hands.

So please don't bring popcorn, but get out of the comfortable chair and engage with your curious mind in this playful and (sometimes) competitive screening!

Warning: this programme contains films with flashy images.

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Research Labs

In 2022 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eye Research Labs. Every year during the time of the Research Labs presentations, Eye is a hub for students of academies and universities who flock to present their own work and view that of others.

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Winners 2022

During the festive 10th edition, the Best, Most Urgent and Most Surprising works were awarded by the Cherry Pickers, a group of students from the participating academies.

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