Sylvia Schedelbauer’s (Germany / Japan / USA) films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms, mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage. Her practice encompasses essay filmmaking, structuralist cinema, and metaphorical narratives, with a deep investment in the sensory agency of image and sound. Questions relating to her transnational identity have been pivotal to all her work: the concept of synchronicities, the expression of feelings of in-betweenness, and the straddling, bridging, mixing, and merging of perceived opposites. Schdelbauer’s films have screened at Anthology Film Archives, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, the Dhaka Art Summit, Media City Film Festival, Hanoi DocLab, the Irish Film Institute, Korean Film Archive, New York Film Festival, National Film Archive of India, the National Gallery of Art (Washington), Toronto International Film Festival, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Her awards include a VG Bild-Kunst Stiftung Kulturwerk award, the Preis der deutschen Filmkritik, and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film (Ann Arbor Film Festival). Schedelbauer was a 2019/2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She lives and works in Berlin.
SYLVIA SCHEDELBAUER'S SEA OF VAPOURS
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Sea of Vapours, 15 min, 2014