Experimental Documentary channel is curated by Chilean filmmaker and researcher Pablo Carrera. He reviews new forms of experimental film dealing with non-fictional representation of reality.
Since the last ten years, the digital revolution lead by the propagation of Internet and the growth of the production of digital images has expanded our world of images. Just by looking at websites like Daily Motion, Youtube or Vimeo, we find tons of films of all sort and kinds. Many of them are quite hard to classify in a specific genre and it is even harder to determine the reason why they were made. In this unruly jungle of videos, it is therefore also hard to define which films are genuinely experimental and which are just a bluff. This occurs especially in some documentary sub-genres, such as web-based found footage films and more personal documentaries made with amateur cameras without any budget. In both cases the quality of the images relies on the attempt to explore certain layers of reality, so the films don’t need to be photographically outstanding in order to define their artistic value. Therefore, in a first glance some of them may not seem too different from average amateur videos or amusing mashups, but is it only that after a closer look we realize they express much more than that.
Though experimental documentary online is a new tendency, this genre outside the Internet is nothing new. On the contrary, it’s probably one of the oldest and more consistent forms of experimental cinema. Its history can be tracked by looking at Dziga Vertov’s first Kino-Pradva (1922), Jean Vigo’s À propos de Nice (1930), Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests made in the sixties, or Jonas Meka’s still ongoing personal diaries. What is common in all these works is the attempt to explore a reality that exists outside of the maker’s internal worldview, but showing it as a means for expressing his/her subjectivity and personal impressions.
The films selected in this channel follow the traces of experimental documentary into this new medium. More specifically, the selection of films represents a sample of what is being done nowadays in the realms of the Internet. These films were gathered by systemic searchings in online broadcasting platforms like Vimeo, blogs about cinema like Blogs & Docs (only available in spanish) and Online Film Festivals such as Youtube Biennial or IDFA’s section Paradocs.
This curatorship is part of a more extensive research project developed by Pablo as part of his research master Artistic Research, at the Art Studies department of the University of Amsterdam.
Finally, Pablo likes to thank all the filmmakers who accepted to be part of this channel and share their films with the community of Instant Cinema. He also likes to give a special thank to Christine Muller, his friend and partner, who assumed the role of editor in most of these articles.
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