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OPEN CALL for curators and researchers in video and film art - Kran FIlm Residencies

KRAN FILM
Aalststraat 7-11, 1000 Brussels
www.kranfilm.net


In October and November 2013, KRAN Film is organising in Brussels two residencies for cultural operators, with a particular interest in independent, non-commercial video art and art films. During the period of 10 days, each resident will have the opportunity to visit Flemish film and video archives (Argos, VAF, Cinematek, Plus-tot te laat, Cinema Nova, Auguste Orts, 68septante, Kran Film); meet Flemish film makers and film professionals; deliver a lecture, debate or presentation at the RITS School of Arts; and present a screening programme at Beursschouwburg.

In total, two residents will be selected - one for the October and another for the November residency.

The residency offers travel costs to Brussels (return ticket - limited amount), accommodation, per diems, fee and a small budget for screening rights costs.

eligibility
This call is addressed to international programmers, programme managers, curators and film experts with an interest in independent film and video art, who are working worldwide in the institutional or non-governmental sector, including researchers. The call excludes the commercial film sector. Residents who do not live and work in Belgium may apply to the call. The applicant should send a CV and a short motivation letter. The motivation letter should clearly state how the resident will benefit from the residency programme and his/her vision of the implementation of gained experiences in the resident's future career.


focus
The residency is organised around different themes that Kran Film, together with its partners and residents, would like to examine in 2013 and 2014. In 2013 we will be specifically exploring following themes:

1) labour (October residency), and
2) gender (November residency).

application guide
The applicant selects one of the focus themes to further explore within the residency (either labour or gender).

The applicant submits a CV and a motivation letter.
The motivation letter may not exceed 700 words.
Within the motivation letter, the applicant:
a) clarifies his/her experiences and interests in the residency, and selected theme;
b) proposes film artists he/she wishes to meet up with;
c) proposes a (draft for the) lecture/debate/presentation; and
d) proposes a (draft for the) screening programme.
Both the lecture/debate/presentation and the screening programme should be developed around the selected theme.

deadlines and selection procedure
There are two deadlines for submitting applications:

1) The applicant who wishes to further explore the theme of Labour should apply by 10th September, 2013.
2) The applicant who wishes to further explore the theme of Gender should apply by 24th September, 2013.
It is possible to apply for both residencies, although accepted applicants can only receive one residency.

Applications may be submitted online via the following e-mail address: resident@kranfilm.net

or via post mail service to:
Kran Film (residency)
Aalststraat 7-11
Suite A3.1
Belgium - Brussels 1000

Phone +32 (0) 495360586

The selection committee consists of representatives from Beursschouwburg Brussels, the RITS School of Arts, BAM - Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art, Argos - Centre for Art and Media and KRAN Film Collective. The selection committee will gather twice to choose two residents in total for the residency programme in 2013. Results will be announced a few days after the deadlines.

The October residency will be held from 18th and 27th October 2013.
The November residency will be held from 13th and 22nd November 2013.

residency structure
The resident will be visiting Flemish film and video archives that will preselect films for the resident's visit in accordance to the residency theme. Meetings with filmmakers and other film professionals may also be organised on the resident's request.


The resident will deliver a lecture or a debate or a presentation at the RITS School of Arts in Brussels. The lecture/debate/presentation is to be developed around the chosen theme (labour / gender) and will take film as an analytical device. This event will be organised for the students, film professionals and film fondlers.

The resident will prepare a screening programme to be developed around the chosen theme (already presented with the motivation letter). It is highly recommended that the resident includes at least one film from the Flemish film or video archives s/he will visit during the residency period. This event will take place in Beursschouwburg, Brussels, at the end of the residency period. Screening programmes will take place on 26th October for the first residency (labour) and 21st November for the second (gender).

Language
English is the official language of the residency.


If the language of the films on the screening programme is not English, the film should have English or Dutch subtitles.

Context
In 2013 and 2014 KRAN Film residency programme aims to explore the notion of a relational citizenship. The programme is concerned with stereotypes about identities that persist in Europe despite the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and increased migrations. Instead of uniting in its diversity, Europe is dividing along ethnic, religious or gender borders. It is in this regard that the forms of living together in migrating Europe have to be challenged. Examining these circumstances, the residency wishes to raise questions of citizenship in a multinational and multiethnic society, about neo-liberalism, migrations, populism, de-colonialism, gender, ethics and the like. Eurocentric and multipolar order, as well as contingent and precarious identities are to be examined.


In 2013 we will be discussing two themes: labour in October and gender in November.

Labour - Today, when multinationals seek out cheap labour and focus on export regardless of local needs, advanced economies face growing unemployment and developing countries suffer from a lack of adequate market access. It is in this light that we want to envisage the ethical issues regarding labour and economy as they encourage nationalism, migration and poverty.

Gender - Judith Butler comes to terms with the use of an ontology of sexual difference as a justification for norms of gendered behaviour. For her, the body "has no ontological status apart from the various acts which constitute its reality" and it is considered to be contingent and discoursivly constructed. This is the position from which we argue freedom for all, equal treatment of all differences, and acknowledgment of multiplicity of subject positions.

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KRANFilm Collective is a Brussels and Copenhagen based network of international visual artists and film makers from outside the traditional realm of filmmaking. Kran Film is engaged in a critical approach to society we live in through film and video art.


In partnership with Beursschouwburg, BAM, RITS School of Arts, VAF, Argos, Cinematek, Plus-tot te laat, 68septante
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