Collective film structures – Intensive Seminar with Marwa Arsanios

1 Mar, 23

March 14 2023, 10:30-18h: CAN 209 (Colégio Almada Negreiros) March 15, 2023, 10:30-18h: CAN 209 (Colégio Almada Negreiros) March 16, 2023, 10:30-18h: D120 (Edifício D, Campus FCSH Avenida da Berna)

In this workshop we will look at a few filmmaking processes that are challenging notions of authorship, hierarchical work structures and proposing alternative filmmaking infrastructures that in turn produce new filmic forms. Using different anarchist organisational tactics along other tools and methodologies these collective and cooperative filmmaking processes propose a counter political project. We will think about these practices through different filmic and textual material as well as a practical exercise of structure building.

Marwa Arsanios’ practice tackles structural and infrastructural questions using different devices, forms and strategies. from architectural spaces, their transformation and adaptability throughout conflict, to artist run spaces and temporary conventions between feminist communes and cooperatives, the practice tends to make space within and parallel to existing art structures allowing experimentation with different kind of politics. Film becomes another form and a space for connecting struggles in the way images refer to each other. In the past four years Arsanios has been attempting to think about these questions from a new materialist and a historical materialist perspective through different feminist movements that are struggling for their land. She tries to look at questions of property, law, economy and ecology from specific plots of land. The main protagonists become these lands and the people who work them.
Her research includes many disciplines and is deployed in numerous collective methodologies and collaborative projects.

This seminar is open to graduate and postgraduate students and the general public. Please write an email to phildoc@fcsh.unl.pt if you would like to attend. Registration is mandatory, as places are limited. This event is organized by the working group “Thinking Documentary Film”, and part of the project “Philosophy and Documentary Film. Mediating the Real”, funded by national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia under the project EXPL/FER-FIL/0045/2021.