Eyal Sivan Artist in Residence at the Film Academy

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From the end of October until half December 2012 documentary filmmaker Eyal Sivan is Artist in Residence at the Filmacademy's master film. During his residency, Sivan will be working on several research projects, while his own work, the development of the master's course and the mentoring of the master students will be leading.


By inviting Sivan, the master Film wants to put an emphasis on the methodology of artistic research. Sivan's work and method are a good example for the close interaction between theory and practice (or reflection). This residency will focus on Sivan’s own artistic practice as well as that of the master students. They will be collectively involved in actual research projects as well as mentored by Sivan in their own research. During Sivan's residency there will be screenings and lectures for the entire Filmacademy as well as a public discussion about his work at IDFA.

Screening of 'The Specialist - portrait of a modern criminal' 
Tuesday 13 November, 19.30 hrs  - Filmacademy Cinema

Followed by a Q&A with the maker (moderator: Mieke Bernink). 'The Specialist' is a film about the famous Eichmann trial in jerusalem in 1961 and consists entirely of film and sound footage that was recorded at the time. As Sivan hastake quite a few liberties with respect to the original material 'The Specialist' is a highly controversial film.

IDFA Industry Panel ‘Found footage in the YouTube era’
Thursday 15 November, 15:00 - 17:00 hrs - De Engelenbak, Nes 71, Amsterdam
NBF, Mediafonds and NFTA in collaboration with IDFA will be organising a panel discussion on the rise of online footage from unstable areas in the world and the role of documentary filmmakers. What are the consequences of the availability of countless YouTube videos for these authors? How can the use this material? How can they add meaning and value to it? And how do they deal with the fact that this material is almost always politically charged?
After the presentations by documentary makers Eyal Sivan, Sean McAllister (UK) and John Appel, there will be a panel discussion between them and Dutch documentary makers Marije Meerman and Suzanne Raes, moderated by Mieke Bernink.
Entrance only for NBF-members, accredited IDFA-professionals and by invitation. Fimacademy staff and students: registration for the Industry Panel is mandatory at the NBF office via nbf@nbf.nl or 020-6646588. Because of the limited number of places it's recommended that you act fast.

'History, linearity and montage' - Eyal Sivan in conversation with his French editor, Audrey Maurion
Wednesday 28 November, 19:30 - 21:30 hrs - Filmacademy Cinema
Maurion has edited all Sivan's films and installations and together they made the film 'I love you all', about the Stasi period in Eastern Germany. Their discussion will focus on the subjects of manipulation, working with archive materials and editing non-lineair stories.

About Eyal Sivan
Eyal Sivan lives in Parijs and Tel Aviv and teaches in Tel Aviv, Londen and Amsterdam, where he has been a guest lecturer since the start of the Filmacademy's master's degree programme in film. His controversial films mostly have the Palestinian / Israeli conflict as a starting point and are characterized by attention to the individual history and social memory.
His films – a.o. ‘The specialist – portrait of a modern criminal’ (1999), ‘Route 181 – Fragments of a journey in Palestine Israel’ (2003) and ‘Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork (2009)’ – have been invited to a variety of international festivals and won several awards and prices.
Read more www.eyalsivan.net.

Artists in Residence
Eyal Sivan is succeeding Peter Delpeut and Horst Rickels as Artist in Residence at the Filmacademy.  Artist in Residence (AIR) is a programme of the research group Art Practice and Artistic Development in cooperation with various institutes of the Amsterdam School of the Arts / www.air.ahk.nl. Results of the AIR programme are published in the periodic magazine ON AIR.