#3 Shape Shifts

Matthew Shen Goodman, James N. Kienitz Wilkins
with Daniel Hui, Thunska Pansittivorakul

Writer and editor Matthew Shen Goodman and filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins ask what is the value of appropriation today? While the term has become shorthand for a singular kind of cultural misappropriation, creative adoption in film, art and writing has also been a radical gesture of critique and a means of drawing attention to conditions of production. By tracing a genealogy inside and outside of film and rethinking the potential of such acts, they hope to develop a discourse around appropriation that will enliven it as a tool for artists, activists, and anyone else considering the politics of claiming something as one’s own.

Demons | Daniel Hui | 2018
Santikhiri Sonata | Thunska Pansittivorakul | 2019
This Action Lies | James N. Kienitz Wilkins | 2018 

24 OCT / from 10.30 to 13.00, Culturgest – Room 4

About the UNDO Fellows

James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn. His work has premiered at international film festivals including Berlin, TIFF, Locarno, Rotterdam, NYFF, CPH:DOX, BAMcinemaFest and New Directors/New Films. In 2017, he was included in the Whitney Biennial and a retrospective of his work was showcased at RIDM (Montréal). He has had solo exhibitions at Gasworks (London), Spike Island (Bristol, UK) and Kunsthalle Winterthur (Switzerland).

Matthew Shen Goodman
Matthew Shen Goodman is a writer and a senior editor at Triple Canopy.

About the invited directors

Daniel Hui
Daniel Hui is a filmmaker and writer, a graduate of the film programme in the California Institute of the Arts, and one of the founding members of 13 Little Pictures, an independent film collective in Singapore. He has made three feature-length films: Eclipses (New Talent Award at Doclisboa’13), Snakeskin (Special Jury Award at the Torino Film Festival 2014), and Demons (shown at the Busan Film Festival 2018 and the Forum section of the 2019 Berlinale).

Thunska Pansittivorakul
He graduated in art education from the Chulalongkorn University. His work has premiered at international film festivals including Berlinale, Rotterdam, Era New Horizons (Wrocław), Visions du Réel, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Torino Durban, BAFICI, Asterisco (Argentina), Five Flavours (Poland), Curtas Vila do Conde, Queer Lisbon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei Golden Horse, Beijing Independent and DMZ (Korea).

Filmmaking Seminar