Heart of a Dog
discussion by „EKRANy” Non-human Cinema
Is this human invention—the cinema—able to move beyond the anthropocentric perspective, dominating from the beginning of its existence? Are we able to open ourselves to non-human spaces, beings and experiences, thus transcending traditional narratives, subduing the ways of presenting and seeing the world through the figure that is the homo sapien?
- Answers to these and related questions are being sought by contemporary humanities, but also by cinema itself, experimenting and exploring new ways of entangling that which is human and non-human. These processes have also become the subject of the latest edition of the journal “EKRANy,” which together with U–jazdowski has the pleasure of inviting you to a discussion devoted to the relationships of contemporary cinema and post-humanism.
- During the meeting, we will be able to ponder, among other things, how experimental cinema broadens borders and ways of talking about nature, what are the limitations and possibilities of technology in showing non-human perspectives, and how the development of digital cinema turns the very medium of film into a hybrid weave of the human and technological factor.
- Participating in the discussion:
- Kamil Kalbarczyk – film expert, PhD student at the Institute of Audio-Visual Arts of Jagiellonian University
- Michał Matuszewski – curator of the film program of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
- Marta Stańczyk – editor of the “EKRANy” magazine, PhD student at the Institute of Audio-Visual Arts of Jagiellonian University
- Conducted by:
- Bolesław Racięski – film expert connected with "EKRANy," PhD student at the Institute of Audio-Visual Arts of Jagiellonian University, author of a podcast on the subject of the film "Soundtrack"
Heart of a Dog
- directed by Laurie Anderson, USA 2015, 75'
- This visual essay from Laurie Anderson is an epitaph for Lolabelle—the artist's dog. The film provokes the question of whether cinema is possible from a non-human perspective, whether animals (or other non-humans) can be the subject of film.
Today at U–jazdowski
What is visual anthropology?
Meeting with Steffen Köhn – anthropologist, film-maker and coordinator of Visual and Media Anthropology studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin