The Moving Image and Art Review Journal (MIRAJ) and the Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM) are proud to present ‘Expanding the field of practice-based-research: the videographic feminist diptych’, a talk and screening by Professor Catherine Fowler, MIRAJ International Advisory Board.

Over the course of one sleepy New York morning / sleepless London night, Arabella (Michaela Cole) investigates and then re-writes the story of Hannah Shoenfeld (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), with a little help from journalists Jodi and Megan and Op Art artist Bridget Riley.

Moving from a discussion of historical experimental work towards ‘videographic diptychs’, in which two women are compared, Fowler uses videographic techniques to stage a feminist gathering. Fowler’s talk takes us from experimental ‘critical cinema’ across practice-based research to videographic criticism (in the form of contemporary video essays). To join up these practices Fowler will focus on the use of comparison as a method that is ‘good to think with’ (Stam and Shohat, 2009: 482) Her talk finishes with a screening of her video essay, The Responsive Eye, or, The Morning Show May Destroy You (18 mins, 2022).

Catherine Fowler is a Professor in Film and Media at Otago University, New Zealand. Her research on artists’ moving images has been published in ScreenCinema Journal and MIRAJ. She is editor or the European Cinema Reader and (with Gillian Helfield) co-editor of ‘Representing the rural: space place and identity in films about the land’. She is also the author of the books Sally Potter (Illinois University Press, 2009) and a BFI Classic on the film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles(Bloomsbury/BFI, 2021). For the past 5 years, she has been working on the use of video essays as critical praxis in teaching and research

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