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Kran Film Resident is a residency project initiated by Kran Film Collective in 2013. It merges film and video art practice with theory in order to question the notion of citizenship in contemporary Europe. Migrating, multinational and multipolar network society, is affected by different political, social and economic predicaments, above all growing nationalism. This demands for reformulation of the notion of democracy and the creation of new political identities as democratic citizens. The role of art, including film, is to question dominant socio-political order in a quest for new forms of identities and living together, by challenging and destabilizing present regimes of representability. It is precisely from this point that the residency comes with terms of identity, migration, populism, ecology and overall transformation of the contemporary society.
Kran Film Collective invites cultural operators (programmers, curators, researchers, film professionals) who are interested in independent film and video art to visit Brussels and explore its film and video archives. Thus, archives of moving images present our second focus point. We approach them not as static accumulations of moving images but as vibrant records of our history that bear important answers for the future.
Applicants are invited in an open call to submit a proposal for the residency period of 10 days, focusing each time on another theme that addresses the notion of relational citizenship. In 2013, we have invited Amit Mahanti, a filmmaker, researcher and curator from New Delhi, India, to explore the theme of labour through film, and Olga Kopenkina, a curator and lecturer at the New York University, USA, to examine the theme of gender within film.
Kran Film Resident is an intense visiting programme, which consists of film and video archive visits, a lecture and a screening programme, and engages with important socio-political questions.