Ever since the first edition of the (The Return of the) Critics' Choice in 2015, Kevin B. Lee's video essays have been a major, inspirational part of the programme. In 2016/17, Lee had a residency in the Harun Farocki Institute in Berlin. The three films he made about this period – Harun Farocki: The Counter-Image, Lexicon and Presented – have been selected this year for the Regained programme and Critics' Choice VI on Collectivity.
During the closing session of Critics' Choice, we will be talking to Lee and other guests about the ways in which Farocki's visual analyses can be a source of inspiration for critics, curators and image-makers. How can critical thinking in 2020 give a different visual perspective on the way film and audio-visual media represent the world? Instead of a traditional debate, Critics' Choice curators Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen will go in search with the audience and speakers (including Agustina Arbetman, Antje Ehmann and Rasha Hosny) of a means of communal thinking. During the session, the three short films will be shown again in full.
Tue 28 Jan, 13:00, Hilton Rotterdam, free admission