Artist, Filmmaker Louis Henderson’s Talk “Collecitive Improvisation as Research Strategy” and a screening of “Sunstone”

  • 2018 september 26 18:00  Kaunas Artists' House, V. Putvinskio st. 56, Kaunas

Kaunas International Film Festival is opening the second stage of the international collaborative project “On and For Production and Distribution” that is initiated by the artist-run production and distribution organisation Auguste Orts (BE), in collaboration with the artist-run higher educational institute Nordland Kunst -og Filmfagskole (NO), and the AMI-oriented film festival Kaunas International Film Festival (LT). This project is conceived to advance and strengthen the Artist’s moving image (AMI) field, vitalizing the networks of artists and professionals that work together in order to facilitate the production, distribution, commissioning, curating, and programming of AMI by bringing together the various consolidated or emerging professionals that nourish this field (artists, producers, distributors, curators, organizations, institutions) from all over Europe.

On & For Production and Distribution (On & For) stems from a previous European project called On & For Production (2014-2016) and will build upon its results. During the project's first duration, On & For created 4 public workshops, 1 symposium, and 5 round-table events that invited more than 150 professionals from 15 countries. By 2016, On & For had supported 21 international AMI projects.  

Listening to the feedback and demand for such a project to continue evolving, a new project with deeper insight into matters of production and distribution called On & For Production and Distribution (2018-2021) was launched. 

On & For produces public situations for the discourse on AMI production and distribution to grow, inter-sectorial knowledge exchange to thrive, and sector development to flourish. The target audience of artists, filmmakers, producers, distributors, gallerists, museum workers, curators, film festival programmers, independent programmers, film funds, policy makers, art commissioners, art/film industry students, and AMI lovers in general are reached by providing public workshops, case-study seminars, symposiums, and screenings. 

On & For focuses on accompanying AMI projects in-the-making, their authors and producers too, and invites keen professionals from the visual art and film sectors to partake in their evolution, supporting projects in development with hands-on peer to peer Work Sessions. This component is invitation based and set up for the development of the projects in progress and to build up cross-sectoral (namely art, film, and culture) AMI networks.

On & For is initiated by the artist-run production and distribution organisation Auguste Orts (BE), in collaboration with the AMI-oriented film festival Kaunas International Film Festival (LT) and the artist-run higher educational institute Nordland Kunst -og Filmfagskole(NO).

On & For Production and Distribution is made possible with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Directors: Filipa César, Louis Henderson
Portugal, Brasil, France, 2018, documentary, 35 min., English, Portuguese with English and Lithuanian subtitles, V

Sunstone has the structure of a collage made up of instances in history and geography that create a loose narrative, relying on the viewer’s capacity of extracting meaning from her own link-making. Sunstone intersects the history of lighthouse building with seemingly timeless laws of physics, being inserted into history through the ownership of the military. It proposes optics as a moving image and pushes it further, suggesting the moving image as an accessible archive owning the potential of narrating a different – yet still militarized – version of its application.

Louis Henderson

Louis Henderson (b. Norwich, 1983) is a filmmaker who is trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racist capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. The working method is archaeological. With an overarching interest in the essay – both in terms of the possible forms an essay could take (film, text, lecture) and its etymological routing in the French essayer (to try) – Henderson attempts to develop moments of co-learning through workshops and artistic collaborations that culminate in expanded forms of cinema. Most recently Henderson co-founded a collective of artists from Haiti, France and the UK called The Living and the Dead Ensemble.  Focusing on theatre, cinema, poetry, song, slam and rap, the collective first performed a Haitian Kreyol version of Édouard Glissant's Monsieur Toussaint in Port-au-Prince in 2017. Currently they are working on a new film that will take place in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince focusing on Maroon heritages in Haiti. Henderson has shown his work at places such as; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Doc Lisboa, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, The Contour Biennial, The Kiev Biennial, The Centre Pompidou, The Gene Siskell Film Centre, Gasworks and Tate Britain. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).

More information – https://onandfor.eu/

Event is free of charge