11 writers selected for first 'takes' publication series

Kenno Filmi is pleased to announce the eleven (11) contributors who were selected by open call for our first TAKES Publication Series:

Kari’s poetic-philosophical text deals with forms of moving image production which began long before humans. Can the expanding universe be “seen” as one big cinema? Welcome to the cinemas of plants, rocks, bacteria – with and without humans.

Keshia's text studies digital advocacy campaigns in India which tend to merely respond to the concerns of the urban middle class who are the primary consumers of social media platforms. The critical essay unpacks the problematic ways that moving imagery of gender justice campaigning in India has constructed the “ideal victim” of sexual harassment as a middle-class woman, preyed upon by lower class men.

Hilda's partly autobiographical and partly fictional text is written in the form of a film review using dialogue between a lesbian couple trying to inseminate for the third time.

Tuuli shares her expertise on writing grant applications. The motivation for this topic is to serve international readers of the Takes publication series and especially the international artists based in Finland.

Geli creates a performative hypertext: On a primary level, it follows a linear essay about the ways in which the new “streaming” premise challenges the boundaries of textual documentation, promotion, and curation. The article provides a speculative analysis about the possibilities of writing when film can no longer be experienced as a physical event.

Hanan’s satirical how-to-produce-a-documentary text uses excerpts of fictionalized emails, transcripts and call sheets to reveal the artifice behind “branded-content” style of filmmaking.

Eduardo’s theoretical essay illustrates the possibilities for a decentralized systematization of the global film exhibition environment.

Kaino discusses the intersection of sound design & class anxiety by questioning whether higher education is necessary for art and (sound) design, and how it has affected our understanding of art as labor.

Tania’s short story and poem explores the following themes: If the process of creation from start to finish may rarely reflect what the artist foresees in making art, does the adulteration and / or changing of meaning make art less valuable? Who and what forces are at play in framing art?

Sotiris’ essay thoroughly examines the relationship between the filmmaking community and the online streaming services in this dual nature of simultaneously being both a competitor and a helper. More specifically, his essay is based on the turning point of the coronavirus outbreak and how the new data has blurred the lines between conventional cinema practices and online viewing.

Agnieszka's essay bridges non-fictional storytelling and organizational decentralization to discuss film crew hierarchies as a mirror of societal structures. This reflection will feature discussions with people involved in female-led, minority-focused, and incisively critical film production companies.

Kenno Filmi would like to thank all the filmmakers, artists, writers, activists and curators who submitted to our open call.

The TAKES Publication Series invites contributors to analyse, discuss, and counteract the effects of the yet to be renounced, visible and invisible structures that continue to define how we create and share moving image works.

TAKES calls for revisions in the ecosystem of creative labor, habits, and practices while enabling new relationships and hybrid expertise within the field of filmmaking, via articulating and sharing our dreams for our collective futures.

TAKES is supported by AVEK, FRAME Contemporary Art Finland, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and the Museum of Impossible Forms.