This studio page is dedicated to materials and reflections inspired by elements of Pauline Curnier Jardin’s filmic research and work. Together with the exhibition happening in our library space at Westerdok between October 2021 and January 2022, this online branch offers propositions on what bodies, human and more-than-human, and their parts do in Curnier Jardin’s work. It equally considers further genealogies for her films and proposes cinema itself as a body. Moving from Curnier Jardin’s interest in the interconnection between cinema and anatomy, the page is sliced in chapters which will be published in three intervals presenting different filmic visions. The themes explored in the chapters will be transformations though laughter in films and other references, beware of unconscious witchy infiltrations (Chapter 1); origin stories and genealogies embodied by the saintly figures of Curnier Jardin’s fascination, thinking about the generative power of cinema (Chapter 2); finally visions on sacrifice and death and how these are expressed in film (Chapter 3).
This page is also a site of our dialogue with Index in Stockholm, our partner institution in this facet of Curnier Jardin’s commission. Index is unfolding Curnier Jardin’s filmic research for her upcoming feature film. Members of Index are invited to respond to the visions of Bodies extra-ordinaires through their own research, and their responses will be uploaded on the individual chapters. In the end, each segment is connected to the screening of a film on the dedicated theme, which will be showed in our studio space in Amsterdam and online on this page. We begin by listening to laughter in Marleen Gorris’s 1982 film A Question of Silence, proceeding through origin stories in Ulrike Ottinger’s 1981 Freak Orlando; the third film will be determined through the research process and will be announced later on.
I hope you enjoy, (GD)
Giulia Damiani is a writer, curator and dramaturg working in London and Amsterdam. She has been the fellow on the edition on Ritual and Display at If I Can’t Dance. In 2021 she completed her PhD at Goldsmiths University (London) on the practice of the feminist group Le Nemesiache from Naples, writing about the group’s ritual investment in their supernatural, geomorphic and urban landscape. Her collaborations with artists bring together practices of myth-making, magic, landscape, and the language of evocation and invocation. She teaches art theory in several institutions.