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The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in conjunction with LUX (London) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), introduced a new programme segment in 2014 which will be held for the third time during the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (5 to 10 May, 2016).


The Seminar is an experimental course exploring contemporary artists’ moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. Led by Erika Balsom, a lecturer and writer based in London, it is designed to provide a platform where art and cinema meet. It is a gathering that brings together filmmakers, critics and curators, using the Oberhausen Film Festival as a laboratory to discuss ideas in the curation, production and criticism of contemporary moving image media. With the festival as text and model to examine, the cohort will closely examine film and video works, the infrastructures that allow them to circulate, and the critical frames used to curate and analyze them.


Erika Balsom, who will lead the Oberhausen Seminar in 2016, is a writer and lecturer based in London, specializing in the study of artists’ moving image. A frequent contributor to Artforum, she is the author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013) and a monograph on the distribution and circulation of artists’ film and video, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2016. She has published widely in journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogues, including recent texts on John Smith, artists’ uses of 3D, and the early history of video projection. With Hila Peleg, she is the co-editor of the anthology Documentary Across Disciplines (Haus der Kulturen der Welt and MIT Press, 2016). She holds a PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and is currently lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London.  


The Seminar is open to international artists, filmmakers, curators and researchers who work with moving images and in particular with artists' film and video. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the course of study. Efforts will be made to create a diverse grouping of participants from different geographic regions, and to create a balanced mix of artists, curators and critics. All Seminar activities will take place in English. Only 30 applications will be selected.


Application Deadline was 1 February, 2016.


For further information on the 2016 seminar click here.