Criticism, curatorial practices and political commitment

In what way can the relation between criticism and film curatorship take the form of an aesthetical-political dialogue about the contemporary? To what extent is criticism responsible for the spectators and their relation to films? To what extent can film criticism be seen as an autonomous discipline of thought, and what is its potential as such?

Speakers: Chi-hui Yang, Erika Balsom, Jason Fox, Juliano Gomes, Luís Mendonça, Susana Nascimento Duarte

23 OCT / 15.00, Culturgest – Forum Debates

The round table will be held in English, with no translation
Free admittance

About the speakers

Chi-hui Yang
He has presented programmes such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, “Lines and Nodes: Media, Infrastructure, and Aesthetics” (2014, Anthology Film Archives) and “The Age of Migration” (2008, Flaherty Film Seminar). From 2000-2010 he was director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. He has a master’s degree in film studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University. 

Erika Balsom
She is the author of After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation and Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art, as well as the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines. She contributes to magazines such as Artforum and Frieze, and has published in scholarly journals including Cinema Journal and Grey Room. In 2018, she was awarded a Leverhulme Prize and the Kovács Essay Award. 

Jason Fox 
Jason Fox is a filmmaker and professor based in New York. He has taught in the Graduate School of Cinema Studies at New York University, Vassar College, Cooper Union, and CUNY Hunter College. His award-winning work as a director, cinematographer, and editor has screened internationally in film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and Venice, on broadcast television, and in gallery installation settings. He has worked as a film programmer in conjunction with The American Museum of Natural History, The Flaherty Seminar, and the Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. He is a recipient of a Union Square Award for social justice, and he is also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal of documentary studies, World Records, published by UnionDocs in Brooklyn, New York.

Juliano Gomes
Juliano Gomes has a degree in film and a master’s degree in aesthetic technologies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he studied the work of Jonas Mekas. He is a film (Cinética Magazine) and theatre critic. He teaches film and criticism history. He directed several short films, and he completed the feature film Aterro in 2019 together with Léo Bittencourt. 

Luís Mendonça
Has a master’s degree and a doctorate in communication sciences from the Nova University of Lisbon. Taught, wrote several articles and participated in numerous seminars on film, photography and philosophy of image. Organised film programmes and debates. Directed videos, audio-visual essays and the short film, Lugar/Vazio (2010). Published two books, one of which is the result of over 5 years of work, editing the site he co-founded À pala de Walsh. 

Susana Nascimento Duarte

Susana Nascimento Duarte is an Associate Professor in Film Studies at ESAD-CR/IPL and a research member of CineLab at the Nova Institute of Philosophy (FCSH/UNL). She integrated the research projects Film and Philosophy. Mapping an encounter (IFILNOVA/FCSH/UNL) and False Movement: Studies on Writing and Film (CEC/FLUL). She is currently a researcher of the project Fragmentation and Reconfiguration: experiencing the city between art and philosophy (IFILNOVA/FCSH/UNL). She was one of the programmers of the series of meetings ‘What is the Archive?’, organised by Videoteca/Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa. She is the Interviews’ Editor of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image.