Regional Express

Regional Express

An audio-visual-sensory train journey through the Salzkammergut, on location, on a curated app, and in virtual reality.

A project for the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 by Petra Ardai, Ella Raidel, and Marlene Rutzendorfer.

Regional Express is an audio-visual immersive narrative (immersive storytelling) taking place on a rail route between Gmunden and Bad Aussee, dealing with the cultural and natural heritage of the region. While traveling on the train, an immersive experience is produced as a journey through time and memory as a curated application and in virtual reality (360 Cinematic Film).

The narrative will be developed by the participating population and as a speculative story communicated to the region and an international audience. Like memory, it is composed of fragments, nourished by facts and fiction, and its performative nature allows for new perspectives. The stories expand beyond the personal; the perspective changes its character as the narrator, the glacier affected by climate change, and the transformation of rocks that bear the chronicles of the history of mankind. Along the way, different protagonists get on the train, new encounters occur, and audio-visual landscapes expand memory and imagination. The dramaturgy develops through the parameter of the train as a stage, which is a limited space, the route as the timeline, the travel speed, and the stops as a cadence for a sensory experience.

The project is developed in several medial stages, interlocked at all times and communicated to the public. At the beginning, workshops will serve to generate ideas, and the results will be documented on a website. For the year of the Capital of Culture 2024, the narrative will be presented as an immersive experience and prepared for an international audience as virtual reality into the future.


Instagram: #regionalexpress2024

Of Haunted Spaces – The Films of Ella Raidel

Of Haunted Spaces – The Films of Ella Raidel

The films of Ella Raidel

Of Haunted Spaces

Cinema, Heterotopias, and China’s Hyperurbanization

Edited by Ute Meta Bauer

with contributions from Itty Abraham, Ute Meta Bauer, Marlene Rutzendorfer, and Yu Weiying

As amalgams of the different spatial logics of other places, reassembled by globalization and the fantasies of real estate development, cities today are becoming what Michel Foucault has termed heterotopias. Assemblies of ruins, theme parks, entirely copied towns, simulacra, business districts on a globalized template, reconstructed historic districts, settlements, and ghost towns are finding a new expression in the contemporary world. Nowhere is this more visible recently than in China and in areas coming under China’s developmental influence. Copied cities, ghost cities, and large-scale Chinese investments in Africa are heterotopias because they contain the idea of accumulating different times, cultures, and countries within one place, just as a theme park contains all these different place experiences in a bounded zone outside of its own time and culture.

Ella Raidel has explored these phenomena through film and cinematic virtual reality, and this artist’s book reviews and reflects on the last two decades of her award-winning work. In Ella Raidel’s films, urbanism and architecture, theory, politics, social change, and image production are intertextually presented and open a discursive space for investigation and commentary. This book will be interesting for art and film practitioners and students of architecture, film, urbanization, and infrastructure, especially those who see cinema as a way of exploring these subjects.

Published by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-18-5893-2

Distributed by NUS Press Singapore

Editor: Ute Meta Bauer

Designer: Swell Design Singapore

Printer: First Printers Singapore

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Block 6, Lock Road

Gillman Barracks

Singapore 108934


Speculative Documents

Speculative Documents

BLICKLE KINO, Belvedere 21

Sunday, 26. February 2023, 11:30 + 15:30


Artists Moving Images from Southeast Asia

A short film program curated by Ella Raidel/ NTU in cooperation with Marlene Rutzendorfer/Movies in Wonderland and Claudia Slanar/ Belvedere 21

Speculative Documents

The films in this program draw on the leitmotif of speculative documents, factual objects tempered with fantasy, fabulation, and conjecture, on artists moving images from Southeast Asia. Departing from the human-centered experience, these films focus on the world of objects and things, a realism that materials have become vital, autonomous, and life of their own.  The burgeoning current of the non-fiction cinema in Southeast Asia lays bare the performativity of documents— flowers, viruses, tigers, wounds, etc.—by exploring the fractured boundary between fact and fiction, which often are the materials of films themselves. Altogether, the selected films intervene in established colonial and capitalist exploitation histories by re-imagining the past and positing alternative futures.

International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

‘A Pile Of Ghosts: A Cinematic Heterotopia of Spectral Urbanization’ is published at the International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

This special issue approaches artistic research from the domains of artistic practice in film and its implications for research in film education institutions. It expands the contributions generated by the Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film conference organized and hosted by the Institute for Artistic Research IKF1 at Film University Babelsberg, which took place last year.
It comes along with the drawings by Christiane Büchner that were made during the presentations of this inspiring and well-executed online conference.

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The exposition Of Haunted Spaces-The Artistic Research in Filmmaking is published and online:

Of Haunted Spaces is an artistic research project conducted into Chinese ghost cities. It interprets the paradoxical urban phenomena where cities are built for millions, but not lived in. The research process is presented through the publication of Ghost Paper, a reference to the traditional Chinese joss paper that is burned as an offering to the dead, which I developed with Ralph K.C.Wu.

The first issue used a newspaper format that can be unfolded into a poster. This online version uses the reference to the traditional papers to connect the online with the offline world, the imaginary and the real world, to reveal the effects of capitalism that are haunting our living conditions.

Enter the Ghost here:

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The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal that disseminates artistic research from all disciplines. JAR provides a digital platform where multiple methods, media and articulations may function together to generate insights in artistic research endeavours. It seeks to promote exposition of practise as artistic research.

What about China? Trinh T. Minh-ha

What about China? Trinh T. Minh-ha

What about China? (Part I of II, 2020–21) by Trinh T. Minh-ha was initiated by NTU CCA Singapore, and co-commissioned with Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), Shanghai, the film takes the notion of harmony in China as a site of creative manifestation, and draws from footage shot in 1993 and 1994, in Eastern and Southern China, specifically from provinces Anhui, Hubei, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi—linked to the remote origins of Chinese civilisation.

A conversation between Trinh T. Minh-ha and Ute Meta Bauer on What about China? presented by Ella Raidel in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings.

Bauer U. M., Raidel E., Trinh T. M. (2021). Trinh T. Minh-ha and Ute Meta Bauer in Conversation on What about China? In: Postcolonial Futures. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 20(2),145-152. University of Leeds and NTU Nanyang Technological University.

Published by Mousse Publishing:

Phantom Images on the Move

Trinh T. Minh-ha: Traveling in the Dark, Mousse Publishing, 2023

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Ute Meta Bauer, Ella Raidel

Hard City, Soft City

Hard City, Soft City

Double Happiness (2014) is part of the online-film program Hard City, Soft City at NUS Baba House 16.-19. November. The film will be available online for 24h on the 18th of November, followed by an online panel discussion with Jerome Ng on the 19th of November.

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This program is part of the APRU University Museum Research Symposium.

Conversations with Filmmakers

Conversations with Filmmakers

Von Brücken und verlorenen Verbindungen, Interview with der chinesischen Filmemacherin Zhu Shengze über ihren Film „A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces“, über ihre Heimatstadt Wuhan und über ihre Inspiration durch den italienischen Schriftsteller Italo Calvino.

Viennale Interview, Ray Filmmagazin 10/2021

Das Gespenst des Kapitalismus, Interview mit dem aus Singapur stammenden Künstlers Ho Rui An anlässlich seiner Ausstellung „The Ends of a Long Boom“ in der Kunsthalle. Ein Gespräch über künstlerische Recherche und Praxis, über den Horrorfilm und über Denkanstöße durch einen Wechsel der historischen Perspektive.

Ray Printausgabe 07 + 08/2021

Hale County, This Morning, This Evening, Ramell Ross

A conversation with RaMell Ross on his Oscar-nominated film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” [March 2021]

A conversation between Ute Meta Bauer and Trinh T. Minh-ha on ‘What about China?’ in Postcolonial Futures, Issue 20.2, A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 2021

What about China?

Trinh T. Minh-ha is Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally trained as a music composer, her oeuvre as an artist, filmmaker, composer, and postcolonial feminist theorist has charted the constellation of various discourses on gender, colonization, migration, and film poetics. Her latest filmic work-in-progress What About China? (Part I of II, 2020–21), initiated and co-produced by NTU CCA Singapore and was part of the first large-scale solo exhibition of Trinh’s work in Asia. 

Taking the notion of “harmony” in China as a site of creative manifestation, What About China? focuses on Chinese culture and identity through its artistic and rural architectural practices, as well as through everyday village activities. In the foreseen demise of China’s peasantry as a class, Trinh is asking again: what exactly is disappearing? Situated in the realm between ancient wisdom, avant-garde, experiment, and popular folk acumen, the film features a multiplicity of voices and narratives embedded in a rhythmic conversation between the still and the moving image. Trinh creates a work that is interrogative and reflexive by nature; one that exposes the naivety of cinematic technology and ideology that claims increasing unmediated access to reality.

Vom Lesen zum Erzählen, ein Interview mit Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Das Österreichische Filmmuseum widmet dem großen taiwanesischen Regisseur Hou Hsiao-Hsien eine Gesamtretrospektive.

Ray Filmmagazin 06/14

Reminiszenzen an das Kino, ein Interview with Tsai Ming-Liang

Die Wiener Festwochen widmen dem herausragenden taiwanesischen Filmemacher und Künstler Tsai Ming-Liang eine Personale.

Ray Filmmagazin 05/2014

Artistic Research in Film Conference 2021

Artistic Research in Film Conference 2021

International GEECT Conference// Transversal Entanglement // Artistic Research in Film

3-5 June 2021

The freedom of searching the unsearchable in the process of filmmaking as artistic research allows combining different disciplines, such as philosophy, cultural studies, urban studies and film studies to enhance each other’s range of knowledge production. In her ongoing art-based research project, Ella Raidel investigates China’s urban spaces in and through cinema.

The subject investigated is how global capitalism is affecting and haunting the living conditions of our time. In exploring the line between documentary and fiction, Ella Raidel develops a method of performative documentary to create a discursive space in which facts, analyses, commentaries, and references can be woven into one narrative. This research is not only to scrutinize the social reality and to render the social discourse but also to reflect on the convention of filmmaking and its representations. Her new film A PILE OF GHOSTS on Chinese Ghost cities will be released in 2021 and will be the subject of this talk.


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