#2 Embedded existence

Steve Reinke, Dani ReStack, Sheilah ReStack
with Mania Akbari

Essayist and artist Steve Reinke joins collaborative artists Dani and Sheilah ReStack to think through a queered phenomenological discourse of documentary practice that asks what an artist does with the world? Building from Restack’s “feral domesticity”,Reinke expands into an exploration of how “feral subjectivity” – hybridized approach to filmmaking, one that mode-shifts between approaches – opens up a new set of possibilities for representing the endlessly complex plenitude of being in the world, and reinscribes that representation with the physical, sensual processes of an embedded existence.

Strangely Ordinary This Devotion, Dani and Sheilah ReStack (2018)
Come Coyote | Dani Leventhal ReStack | 2019
A Boy Needs a Friend, Steve Reinke (2015)
A Moon for My Father, Mania Akbari, Douglas White (2019)

23 OCT from 10.30 to 13.00, Culturgest – Room 4

About the UNDO Fellows

Dani ReStack, Sheilah ReStack
“Dani and Sheilah ReStack have embarked on an artistic relationship that is formally and emotionally adjacent to their domestic lives, a quotidian zone they share with their young daughter Rose. Both artists have established careers on their own. Neither Dani’ video work or Sheilah’s multimedia performance and installation work could exactly prepare us for the force of the women’s collaborative efforts.” Michael Sicinski (Cinema Scope, 2017).

Steve Reinke
Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his monologue-based video essays. He is the author of two books, co-edited four anthologies, and has written dozens of essays, mostly on artists’ film. He is a professor of art theory and practice at the Northwestern University. His work is represented by the Isabella Bortolozzi gallery, Berlin.

About the invited directors

Mania Akbari
Mania Akbari (Tehran, 1974) is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI (London, 2013), the DFI (Denmark, 2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival (Germany, 2014), Cyprus Film Festival (2014) and Nottingham Contemporary (UK, 2018). Akbari was exiled from Iran and currently lives and works in London.

Filmmaking Seminar