Presentation Eye Artist and Scholar in Residence

by Alexandra Navratil and Christian Gosvig Olesen

Abstract: In this presentation Eye’s Artist in Residence, Alexandra Navratil, and Eye’s Scholar in Residence, Christian Gosvig Olesen, will present on their findings during their residencies at Eye.

Navratil conducted research on non-fiction and industrial films and on the materiality of nitrate film in order to make use of archival footage and newly filmed sequences to produce a new installation.

During his residency, Olesen has been looking into filmic appropriation works in Eye's collection with an eye to lesser-known works. This has involved studying compilation films on film history acquired or produced by the Filmmuseum between its earliest years up until the end of the 1960s, as well as contemporary media artworks that make use of digitised films from the EYE collection to create artistic data visualizations.

Alexandra Navratil is Eye’s first Artist in Residence. She 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, a 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).

Christian Gosvig Olesen is Eye’s first Scholar in Residence. He is Principal Investigator in the project MIMEHIST: Annotating Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection (2017-2018), which embeds the Desmet Collection in the Dutch digital research infrastructure CLARIAH. He is also Postdoctoral Researcher in the project The Sensory Moving Image Archive (2017-2019), which enables artistic researchers to source digitised audio-visual collections.