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AMMI guest lecture - KEVIN B. LEE (Merz Akademie): "The Future of Videographic Criticism"

When:Mo 10-05-2021 17:00 - 19:00
Prof. Kevin B. Lee
Prof. Kevin B. Lee

Guest lecture organized by the theme group Arts, Medium and Moving Images.

Kevin B. Lee (Merz Akademie)
"The Future of Videographic Criticism"


Over the last 15 years, videographic criticism (or video essays, as they are more commonly known) has emerged as a widely practiced form of media with numerous intersecting contexts, including social media and online video, film and media criticism and scholarship, and experimental and essay filmmaking. What does the future hold for this ever-evolving field? This talk will assess the current landscape and speculate about the evolution of the practice in the coming years.

About the speaker

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, media artist, and critic. He has produced over 360 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning Transformers: The Premake introduced the “desktop documentary” format and was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound. His video essay Once Upon a Screen: Explosive Paradox received the most mentions in the 2020 Sight & Sound video essay poll. Through Bottled Songs, his collaborative project with Chloé Galibert-Laîné, he was awarded the 2018 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Grant, the 2018 European Media Artist Platform Residency, and the 2019 Eurimages Lab Project Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2020 he co-curated the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist with Will DiGravio and Cydnii Wilde Harris. He is Professor of Crossmedia Publishing at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, where he co-directs the Masters Program in Artistic Research.