Join us at Barclay’s Eagle Labs, Albert Square from 12pm on March 23rd for this incredible insight into the world of documentary, a talk given by filmmaker and professor, Jeff Silva.
This talk is free, reserve your space now!
How do we understand temporality in documentary cinema and what are some methods that documentary filmmakers can use to express the complexity of time? How can we ever transmit even a small essence of that profound experience of inhabiting time with our subjects to the spectator? Where do our notions of time, emotion and the senses begin and end? And if our relationship to time is linked to our emotions and senses, what are the epistemological implications of transmitting this feeling of time? Silva will discuss these questions and present some film extracts to illuminate his approaches and his influences from avant-garde film and his time teaching at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard…
Originally from Massachusetts, Jeff Silva works across medias, genres, and forms but his work shares a close kinship with traditions of experimental film and new modes of ethnographic documentary, exploring the quotidian and geographic aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. Recently completed projects include From the Land (2018), Linefork (2017), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, Viennale, Visions du Réel. A long-time affiliation with SEL (Sensory Ethnography Lab) at Harvard University, Jeff developed the curriculum and methodology of the program at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder and director Lucien Castaing-Taylor. He currently directs the workshops at La Fabrique des écritures in Marseille France. La fabrique is a new lab for practice based research at the Centre Norbert Elias/ EHESS-Marseille directed by Boris Petric, which explores the crossroads of artistic practice and social science research.
Following Jeff Silva will be two sessions of documentary film showcases. From 2 – 3:45 pm Eagle Labs will host Kinofilm Festival’s pick from this years selection of documentary films. For full details of the event, click here.
From 4 – 6pm we will be screening some student documentary gems from the University of Manchester’s Granada Centre graduates. This Visual Anthropology documentary showcase is detailed in full, here.