Kran Film Resident is a residency project initiated by Kran Film Collective in 2013. This initiative merges film and video art practice with theory in order to question the notion of citizenship in a migrating, multinational and multipolar network society, affected by economic, political and social present predicaments. Since this situation demands reformulation of the notion of democracy, ethics and identity, the project aims to raise the questions about politics, economy, migrations, ecology and the like. One of the main challenges for Kran Film Resident is to examine how multipolar vision of the world order can contribute the creation of new forms of subjectivity, much more appropriate for the contemporary society at the beginning of the 21st century, and how film and video art may reflect this movement.
Kran Film Collective invites cultural operators (programmers, curators, researchers, film professionals) with an interest in independent film and video art to visit Belgium and explore its film and video archives. Thus, archives of moving images present our second focus point. We approach archives not as static accumulations of moving images but as vibrant records of our history that bear important answers for the future.
Via an open call, applicants are invited to submit a proposal for the residency period of 10 days, focusing each time on another theme relating the notion of relational citizenship. In 2013, we have invited Amit Mahanti, a filmmaker, researcher and curator from Delhi, India, to explore the theme of labour in film, and Olga Kopenkina, a curator and a professor in curating at the New York University, USA, to examine the theme of gender within film.