About Ella Raidel

About Ella Raidel

Ella Raidel is a filmmaker and visual artist. She is Asst. Professor at NTU Singapore (ADM/WKWSCI). In her interdisciplinary works, she focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of globalization, urbanization, and the representation of images. Her hybrid practice is to create a discursive space for filmmaking, art, and research.
In recent years, she has been concerned with China’s unprecedented growth and rapid urban changes, in experimenting with new documentary modes, narrations and methods. Raidel’s works have participated in international biennials, exhibitions, and conferences and presented at numerous International film festivals, among those International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs Canada, and Chicago International Film Festival.
Her film-making corresponds with her writings on Sinophone cinema for researching the poetics in image-making. 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 the film director Tsai Ming-Liang.

Films distributed by Sixpackfilm Vienna.

Outstanding Artist Award Filmkunst 2022

Outstanding Artist Award Filmkunst 2022

Ella Raidel – Outstanding Artist Award für Spiel- und Dokumentarfilm

Geboren 1970 in Gmunden, Studium an der Kunstuniversität Linz, lebt und arbeitet in Singapur, Asst. Professorin für Dokumentarfilm an der NTU Nanyang Technologial University Singapur.
Raidel ist eine Künstlerin, die konsequent und kontinuierlich an der Schnittstelle zwischen performativer Kunst, Dokumentarfilm und Fiction arbeitet. Ihre Protagonist:innen sind in streng komponierte Bilder eingewoben. Sie wandeln zwischen Tradition, Moderne und Zukunft, durch gewachsene und kopierte Städte, durch Abrisshäuser und postmoderne Erlebniskultur.
Teils als real Betroffene und teils als Schauspieler:innen erkunden sie ihre eigene Identität. Die filmischen Räume bekommen durch diese Settings eine heterotopische Ausformung. Sie werden zu Bühnen und Vexierbildern, die nicht mehr eindeutig zuordenbar sind. Persönliche Erzählungen von Menschen, Kommentare und historische Referenzen verschmelzen ontologisch mit der Architektur zu einem mentalen Bild. Dabei entsteht ein neues, offenes Kino. Ein Kino, das genre- und disziplinübergreifend die Konventionen des Filmemachens reflektiert.

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A Pile of Ghosts – Image Forum Tokyo – Award for Excellence

A Pile of Ghosts – Image Forum Tokyo – Award for Excellence

A Pile of Ghosts received the Award for Excellence at the East Asian Experimental Competition at the 36th Image Forum Festival Tokyo!

“Starting with the fiction of the Eiffel Tower in China, the film poignantly shows the fragile actuality that this multilayered and uncertain mass is reality, which is an accumulation of various symmetrical objects, such as new architecture and ruins, real estate brokers, and actors, the sound of a hammer echoing in the void and music from a Hollywood movie melodrama, the pseudo-romance between a nonexistent hotel guest and the host, etc. We admire the insightful editing and music design, which deeply elaborate the space between documentary and fiction, and we also would like to express our respect for this ambitious film that strikes a unique rhythm.” Jury statement

36th IMAGE FORUM FESTIVAL

Image Forum Festival 2022, organized by the Executive Committee of Image Forum Festival in association with Image Forum and Aichi prefectural Museum of Art (co-organizers), will take place from September 17th.

TOKYO

– Venues: Theater Image Forum / SHIBUYA SKY / Spiral Hall

– Dates: September 17th to September 25th, 2022

KYOTO

– Venue: Kyoto Minami Kaikan

– Dates: October 7th to October 13th, 2022

NAGOYA

– Venue: Aichi Arts Center

– Dates: November 25th to November 27th, 2022 Conventional forms of imagery and its rigid confinement will be taken away. Here, from film to video, all that moving images are subject for festival screenings. Festival was founded in 1987, this year is 36 times. Festival’s principle objective is to discover and promote perpetually developing visuals in its latest phase. And Festival’s key word is experimental, in this word, we have implemented our will to seek positively and recognize all the possibilities awaiting for visual media art.

The Seven Step Verse (2022)

The Seven Step Verse (2022)

A performative cinematic VR 360 film by Ella Raidel

The documentary VR work explores the relationship between space and body in Singapore’s iconic modernist shopping malls in seven scenarios. The Seven-Step Verse is inspired by the Chinese poet Cao Zhi, who believed that a poem in seven verses shows wit, speed, and creativity. The performers occupy the malls, appropriating clothing and gestures and reciting texts as they pass by – thus pointing to the underlying ideological and social hierarchies.

Distributed by Lemonade Films

Cast/Performer
Nicole Phua, Veronyka Lau, Valerie Koon, Smiha Kapoor, Gladis Ng*

Crew
Director: Ella Raidel
Screenplay: Ella Raidel
Producer: Ella Raidel
VR Cinematographer and VR Technical Director: Benjamin Seide
Sound recording: Vanessa Yip, Chua Xin Yun, Yang Haolin
Sound design: Ross Adrian Williams
Editor: Benjamin Seide
Composer: Ross Adrian Williams
Production design: Ella Raidel
Color correction: Benjamin Seide
Title design: Benjamin Seide

FESTIVALS:

Next: Seashorts Filmfestival 21.-25. September 2022

Multimedia University Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur

12 VR works from across Southeast Asia, South Korea, and Taiwan will be available at SeaShorts Film Festival 2022 as part of our Beyond Mirage exhibition!

JAR26 OF HAUNTED SPACES

JAR26 OF HAUNTED SPACES

JAR26 – THE JOURNAL FOR ARTISTIC RESEARCH

The exposition Of Haunted Spaces-The Artistic Research in Filmmaking is published and online: https://jar-online.net/en

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:

https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/1001280/1131922

Keep on scrolling, reading, and watching clips here:

https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/1001280/1001281/0/823

https://doi.org/10.22501/jar.1001280

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.

Life in Images<br>Kinoreal Special: 22 Years of dok.at

Life in Images
Kinoreal Special: 22 Years of dok.at

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.

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The Insensible Cities

The Insensible Cities

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.