Etienne Kallos and Patricia Pisters – Searching for a Diasporic Time Image
In this session, Searching for a Diasporic Time Image; In Search of the People Who are Missing, filmmaker Etienne Kallos will present his research on the diasporic image and enter into a discussion with film theorist Patricia Pisters on how Gilles Deleuze’s theory of modern political cinema relates to Deleuzian concepts of the people who are missing, a state of aberrance and trance. How might a cinema of displacement be shaped by bodily movement or rhythms within its frame to acknowledge the experience of peoples born into a state of cultural disruption or who exist in relation to a sense of place that has been lost?
Etienne Kallos is a Greek filmmaker and researcher from South Africa whose nonfiction and fiction works explore issues of coming-of-age and the loss of a sense of place within contemporary diasporic experience. His work has been showcased at festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, Thessaloniki and the Berlin International Film Festival. His 30-minute Afrikaans-language film ‘Firstborn’ won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and his 98-minute Afrikaans-language film ‘The Harvesters’ premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard and won a ‘Best First Feature Film’ award at the Rome International Film Festival. Kallos is currently researching and writing a screenplay for his next long-form film project, Ameriki, set in the culturally disrupted Greek-minority hinterlands of southern Albania.
Patricia Pisters is professor of Media Studies (with a specialization in Film Studies) at the University of Amsterdam. She is affiliated to the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA) of the Faculty of Humanities and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). She is one of the founding editors of the peer reviewed Open Access journal NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. With Bernd Herzogenrath she is series editor of Thinking I Media at Bloomsbury; with Wanda Strauven and Malte Hagener series editor of Film Culture in Transition at Amsterdam University Press. Since 2022 she is board member of the Open Foundation for interdisciplinary research in psychedelics and Extra Extra Magazine, platform and journal for art and urban eroticism. As a film-philosopher her work investigates film and media in relation to (altered states of) consciousness. She is interested in the aesthetics and politics of art, film and media culture and investigates media ecologies from an elemental perspective.
For more information visit https://patriciapisters.com.