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

Life in Images
Kinoreal Special: 22 Years of

With a selection of six extraordinary Austrian documentaries made between 1983 and 2021, the Filmmuseum Vienna celebrates the 22nd anniversary of, 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.


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.

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.

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.

We Will Always Have Paris

We Will Always Have Paris

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

Presented at

Antimatter – International Media Art & Experimental Cinema Festival [18 Oct]

Architecture Film festival Lund/Sweden [16 Oct]

A Pile Of Ghosts

A Pile Of Ghosts

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.

AFFR 2021 Theme: More than Houses

Ghost Hits Wall

Ghost Hits Wall

Ghost Hits Wall at Pavillion0. at Architecture Biennial Venice

Video Installation, 10’38’’, 2021

Image: Ella Raidel / Sound: Sander Saarmets

Ghost Hits Wall from Ella Raidel on Vimeo.

Ghost Hits Wall is part of an art-based research project on Chinese ghost cities under the title Of Haunted Spaces (2016-2019). The footage was shot in a combination of acting and documenting to indicate the phantasmatic aspect of global capitalism. In China, the need to maintain and boost economic growth in its surplus production results in cities being built more than needed. The subject investigated is how global capitalism is affecting and haunting the living conditions of our time. Urban spaces, which were once a grandiose vision for boosting prosperity in the collective fantasy, have now become exhausted and empty sites.

We Will Always Have Paris

We Will Always Have Paris

Ein verdichtetes Bild des Unheimlichen: Wo sind wir, wann sind wir, entsteht hier etwas oder verfällt es bereits? Ella Raidels We’ll Always Have Paris spielt mit der Orientierung, die Architektur bieten kann, und ihrem Gegenteil: ein Eiffelturm im Nirgendwo, aus der Zeit gefallen, im Raum versetzt – ein Zeichen für eine Gegenwart, in der immer alles da und zugleich abwesend ist.

We will always have Paris, 4 Min., 2020 (Image: Ella Raidel; Sound: Sander Saarmets)

Crossing Europe Fimfestival Linz, Experimental Shorts, 04.06. 2021 –11:45

Diagonale Graz, Innovatives Kino, Schubertkino 1: 10.06.2021– 10:30; 12.06.– 19:30

Höhenrausch Linz, 06.05.- 17.10.2021

CINETEKTON 8, Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura, Mexico City, 2021

Architecture Film festival Lund/Sweden, 2021

Antimatter – International Media Art & Experimental Cinema Festival, 2021

Rencontres Internationales Paris, 05.05.2022

Paris is not necessarily the first choice as the setting for a ghost story. The excessive romance of the French metropolis’ cultural symbols renders them simply unsuitable as backdrop for horror stories. But that’s not the case in Ella Raidel’s four-minute short film, which arose in the course of her extensive research project Of Haunted Spaces and refers to an upcoming feature film project. In We’ll always have Paris, the Eifel Tower, Champs-Élysées, magnificent fountains, and trimmed hedges stand as faux French in the hazy rain of Tianducheng. The residential complex located in the suburbs of the Chinese megapolis Hangzhou is one of the countless, largely unpopulated pop-up sites that sprung up overnight through high-speed real-estate speculation. In Raidel’s film, the Eifel Tower is the anti-gravity center of a phantom zone furnished with stark high-rises, parking areas, and gardens—an urban proposition that amounts to nothing. As the camera focuses on the building clone and its surroundings from various perspectives, the film suddenly changes tone. A woman who at first is visible only from behind enters the urban planning remake. Through a construction site corridor, she enters a conference space, improvised by partition walls, from which the view of the tower’s base condenses to an image of the uncanny. Like the pastiche in Tianducheng, We’ll always have Paris also contradicts the logics of representation; the film itself 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.” But what do we have here? (Esther Buss)

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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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