Ella Raidel, Ph.D., is a filmmaker, artist, and researcher. She is an Assistant Professor at NTU Singapore at ADM School of Art, Design, and Media and WKWSCI School of Communication and Information.
In her interdisciplinary work – films, videos, writings – she focuses on the socio-cultural impact of globalization with a focus on urbanization and Asian cinemas. She is interested in reflexive forms of narration in questioning the representation in documentary films. Her film-making corresponds with her writings on Sinophone cinema for researching the poetics in image-making. Her work has been presented and distinguished in numerous international film festivals, exhibitions, and biennials. She is the co-editor (with Peng Hsiao-yen) of Altering Archives, The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture (Routledge Contemporary China Series 2018) and has publicized on Tsai Ming-Liang’s work.
A Pile of Ghosts (2021) will be screened at Crossing Europe Fimfestival Linz in the program section ARCHITECTURE AND SOCIETY which is dedicated to the “land issue”, presenting films that take a multifaceted look at the economic, ecological, and social importance of land, our basis of life.
With a selection of six extraordinary Austrian documentaries made between 1983 and 2021, the Filmmuseum Vienna celebrates the 22nd anniversary of dok.at, the Austrian Documentary Film Alliance, as well as a body of work whose scope and diversity breaks time and again with the conventions of traditional documentary filmmaking.
A Pile of Ghosts (2021) will be screened on the 13th April, 21:00 at Filmmuseum Vienna.
Carte Blanche: Tsai Ming-Liang, The Skywalk is Gone (2002), 22 Min.
A collaborative Virtual Reality project by Ella Raidel (Austria/Singapore) and Hyun-Suk Seo (South Korea) Saturday 26 March, Work-in-progress presentation, 2:00 – 6:00pm, Residencies Studios, NTU CCA Singapore, Blk 38 Malan Road, #01 – 07
The Insensible Cities is a collaborative cinematic Virtual Reality project by Ella Raidel and Hyun-Suk Seo based on the two artists’ ongoing research on the ways human senses interact with modernist architectural ideas in different Asian cultures. Incorporating elements of performance in the most advanced capacities of VR technology, The Insensible Cities results from the artists’ shared interest in addressing and challenging the ideological and historical frameworks that govern one’s origins and identities. Through the sensory documentation of the multiple layers of time, memory, perception, and ideas, The Insensible Cities is a unique VR experience that reintroduces, reinterprets, and restructures the changing dimensions of everyday life in Asia beyond the conventions of cinema and performing arts.
The Insensible Cities is supported by Arts Council Korea (ARKO) and International Arts Joint Fund Korea-Singapore International Exchange Program. NTU Cohass Arts and Humanities Research Grant, ADM School of Art, Design, and Media.
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.
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.
We’ll always have Paris (2020) contradicts the logic of representation; the film becomes a simulation of an architecture film, of a capitalism critique, of a ghost story: as they say in the film classic Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris.” Sixpackfilm
Antimatter – International Media Art & Experimental Cinema Festival [18 Oct]
World Premiere of A Pile of Ghosts, 70 Min., 2021 at the AFFR Architectural Filmfestival Rotterdam 2021
What is real and what isn’t in a replicated city? Ella Raidel made this penetrating ghost-town film in contemporary China, interweaving actors and ordinary people, sets, and footage of the city. Aren’t the real estate agents, construction workers, and investors simply playing a game? What remains of reality in a world dominated by the vagaries of capitalism? A Pile of Ghosts is a mysterious puzzle where the dividing line between fact and fiction becomes increasingly blurred. In this strange world, subjected to speculation, it actually doesn’t seem to matter anymore. AFFR 2021
Film – City – Architecture
AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities, and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.