D’Est, dir. Chantal Akerman, 1993
This event, part of the continuing ‘Sensitive Film’ series co-organised with the Visible Institute at Kingston School of Art, invites esteemed editor Claire Atherton (Chantal Ackerman, Eric Baudelaire) to speak on the potential for new perspectives in editing, raising questions on approaches to film editing and grammar. Claire will be joined by filmmaker and editor Juan Soto and New Creatives commissioned filmmaker Henry Bradley, screening his short film Frenulum (2020). The event will be chaired by director of the Visible Institute, filmmaker Phillip Warnell.
Claire Atherton is a film editor from San Francisco. Attracted by Taoist philosophy and visual ideograms, she studied Chinese philosophy, language and culture before turning towards cinema. In 1986, she started working with Chantal Akerman on Letters Home, which triggered a 30-year collaboration between them: on fiction films, documentaries and installations. Atherton works closely with a wide range of filmmakers and artists. In 2019, she received the Vision Award Ticinomoda, from the Locarno International Film Festival for her body of work.
Juan Soto is a Colombian filmmaker and film editor, he studied the three years MA of Documentary Filmmaking at the EICTV in Cuba and has focused his practice in the archives. Has worked with artists and filmmakers such as John Akomfrah, Phillip Warnell, Mo Scarpelli and Katharine Round, among others. In 2018 took part in the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School at L'Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna and was Resident artist in 2019-2020 at the Conservation Centre in the Filmoteca de Catalunya. His films have been shown in festivals, universities, galleries, and museums in Latin America, Europe and the UK, where he is currently based.
Henry Bradley is an artist, filmmaker, and researcher working across forms of video art, documentary and critical studies. His recent video works have investigated a series of pedagogical and medicinal programmes which highlight the effects of neoliberal economic ideals, contemporary managerial techniques, and shifting environmental concerns on the human voice and speech. He studied Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art and received his Masters from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University. He has undertaken exhibitions, screenings, commissions, and residencies internationally, including with; Kassel DokFest; ICA London; BBC; PS2, Belfast; HALLE 14 Centre for Contemporary Art Leipzig; Jerwood Arts, London; Fondazione Prada, Belligerent Eyes; AUF AEG, Nuremberg; Arts Catalyst, London.
Phillip Warnell is an award-winning artist-filmmaker and writer from London, producing cinematic works exploring a range of philosophical, poetic and sensorial thematics: ideas on human-animal relations, the political and cinematic imagination, and the poetics of bodily and life-world circumstances. His work is regularly exhibited and screened internationally including recent presentations at: Tate Modern, Viennale, Coreana Museum of Art Seoul, Wellcome Collection London, MOMI New York, Visions du Reel, Open City Docs, LOOP Barcelona. His films are widely written on including a recent article in Screen Journal (Oxford, 2020) and his own text output includes ‘The Skin of Others’ for Antennae Journal (2020). In 2018 he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and Film Study centre at Harvard University. Currently, he is director of the Visible Institute for research in film & photography, Kingston University London.