Kinaesthetic communications: thinking (and ‘writing’) about cinema with Catherine Grant (2016)

In this talk, researcher and author of open access education website, Film Studies for Free, Catherine Grant shares her practice-led research into cinema. As Grant discusses, the ‘writing’ of the title refers to Grant’s practice of creating ‘video essays’: in her work she doesn’t write with words, but rather with images and sounds in the form of videos that interrogate their own form. She is interested in what happens when “rather than being distant [from your subject] you start handling it, touching it, pulling it apart and putting it back together again…”. Grant’s position as a ‘haptic researcher’ offers a vantage point from which to consider current approaches to live, as well as screen-based, dance research.

This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2016 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.

Learn more:
Film Studies for Free website
The Shudder of a Cinephiliac idea? Videographic film studies practice as material thinking (article)
Film studies in the groove? Rhythmising perception in Carnal Locomotive (article)
Book: Carnal Thoughts by Vivian Sobchack

Videos showed during the talk:
Video #1 REAR WINDOW Syncopated by Catherine Grant
Video #2 TOUCHING THE FILM OBJECT? by Catherine Grant
Video #3 EFFACE by Catherine Grant
Video #4 CARNAL LOCOMOTIVE by Catherine Grant