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14 September 2023: It Matters What & In Vivo followed by Q&A with Franci Duran & Karel Doing


This programme is a continuation of an enduring dialogue between Karel Doing and Franci Duran, two experimental filmmakers who are both interested in Donna Haraway's multi-species thinking. An initial exchange took place in 2018 at the Film Farm in Canada where they both experimented with phytography, a technique that makes it possible to inscribe detailed images of plants on film emulsion. Both films combine microscopic vegetal worlds with scavenged found footage to haunting soundscapes.

Followed by Q&A with the artists hosted by Chris Dymond

It Matters What
Franci Duran, 2019, 9 min

Absences and translations motivate this experimental animation in an exploration of the methods and materials of reproduction and inscription. The inquiry is set within a framework of practical and critical human relationships with other-than-human-species elucidated by the theorist Donna Haraway.  

In Vivo
Karel Doing, 2021, 61 min  

Reality has countless layers, many of these will remain invisible to the untrained eye. In this elegy humans appear like ants, walking around their habitat in a pre-programmed way, while animals and plants act like individuals. This upside-down world has a strange attraction which is at once alienating and deeply familiar.