Peace Lemon by Sayaka Katsumoto
Peace Lemon by Sayaka Katsumoto

Kinesthesia Festival invites you to experience film and moving image work from an embodied perspective.

Bringing together wide interests in dance, somatic practices, experimental film and sensory ethnography, Kinesthesia focuses on movement beyond visual impact and narrative, to consider the whole range of sensory experiences, including visceral, proprioceptive and haptic awareness.

This edition of the festival combines screenings, short workshops, installations and discursive sessions that attend to the subtler felt sense of the body. We are delighted that Kinesthesia will be framed by keynote speakers Rosa Cisneros and Karen Wood, in conversation.  Karen is the author of Kinesthetic Empathy: Conditions for Viewing and Rosa is an artist and scholar.

Initiated by artists Dominique Rivoal and Claire Loussouarn, this new festival has been curated and produced collectively by them, freelance film curator Gitta Wigro and ID in partnership with Middlesex University. The programmed works were found via an international open call, and selected by the festival team with guest panellist Adesola Akinleye.

We are excited to present a distinctive and truly international programme. We thank all the contributing artists, and and all those who submitted work through the call-out. We acknowledge that as a new festival with micro-funding, work is being contributed on a voluntary basis; this not-for-profit festival is also made possible through in-kind work by the whole festival team, and through partnership support from Middlesex University.  

Kinesthesia will take place in hybrid form; in person and online. In keeping with Covid-19 safety protocols, there is a very limited capacity for in-person festival tickets. If circumstances allow, further tickets will be released in the coming weeks.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Kinesthesia and to experiencing it with you, virtually or in person!

Programmed artists :

Keynote talk by Karen Wood and Rosa Cisneros

Films : Adesola Akinleye / Alexa Velez / Alice Gale-Feeny / Anna Macdonald / Better Lovers, Hsin-Yu Chen / Bo Lee / Chan Sze-Wei / Charli Brissey / Collectivo Confluenze / Corina Andrian (Red-Cor) / David Belotti / Emma Lindsay / Fenia Kotsopoulou / Filomena Rusciano / Gustavo Gomes / Helanius J.Wilkins, Roma Flowers / Jack Thompson / Katsura Isobe / Kimberley Harvey & Mark Fitzgerald / Lynne Sachs & Lizzie Olesker / Mary Trunk / Mary Wycherley / Michaela Gerussi and Tracy Valcarel / Michal Krawczyk / Naomi Midgelow / Sandra Alland

Installations : Claire Loussouarn & Dominique Rivoal / Nic Sandiland & Yael Flexer / Sayaka Katsumoto / Angela Woodhouse & Caroline Broadhead

Performance installation : Margarita Zafrilla Olayo and Pato Bosich

Short workshops : Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson / Mira Hirtz / Sumedha Bhattacharyya & Bhargavi Gopalan / Heike Salzer / Claire Loussouarn

Full programme at