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The Moving Image Research Centre at the University of East London invites you to


Wishful Images

A screening of artist film & video, curated by Jill Daniels, Inga Burrows and Matthias Kispert.


Featuring works by Maite Abella (Netherlands), Silva Amancei & Bogdan Armanu (Romania), Jill Daniels (UK), Johannes Gierlinger (Austria), Mario Hamad (UK), Felice Hapetzeder (Sweden), Matthias Kispert (UK), Thomas Kneubühler (Canada/Switzerland), Treasa O’Brien (Ireland), Oliver Ressler (Austria), Stephen Wardell (USA).

Oliver Ressler: Everything’s coming together while everything's falling apart: Limity jsme my, Czech Republic/Austria, 2019. 10:26

A group of climate activists at the Bílina coal mine in the Czech Republic are inside a police kettle. Against a landscape defaced by lignite strip-mining, a semi-fictional character reflects on mass civil disobedience.

Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu: Life of a Tree, Romania, 2018, 09:36

A video-ode that praises and glorifies the great communist project of nature, in particular the forest with all of its fauna and flora.

Matthias Kispert: Voices in a Field, UK, 2013. 08:03

An act of writing a text across an unbuilt urban site, interrogating the notion of a place as ‘wasted land,’ and exploring the idea of a commons through sound and the voice.

Felice Hapetzeder: Voyage, Sweden, 2017. 02:23

A group of children navigate blindly inside a boat-shaped box. The event is filmed from inside by the children and from the outside, suggesting the difficulty of understanding different viewpoints.

Johannes Gierlinger: Remapping the Origins, Poland/Austria, 2018. 41:36

An essayistic film about the city of Białystok, the birthplace of two visionaries – Zamenhof and Vertov – reflecting on the reading of historical events, collective historiography and the culture of commemoration.

Jill Daniels: Breathing Still, Germany/UK, 2018. 08:04

A follower of the Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg explores Berlin’s memorials to Luxemburg and the Jews who once lived there, as the right-wing nationalist Alternative Für Deutschland enters the German Parliament for the first time.

Mario Hamad: Statues, UK, 2019. 03:49

Syrian democrats form a silent presence outside the Russian consulate in London following the Assad regime and Russia’s expulsion of East Aleppo’s remaining civilian residents.

Maite Abella: Being and Becoming, Netherlands, 2019. 09:11

When I was seventeen, a fortune teller told me: ‘You will enter the world of art through the main door.’ She was right, I work in one of the most admired museums in the world. Just that my job is not exactly what I expected.

Treasa O’Brien: Memoirs of a Spacemother, Ireland, 2019. 14:08

An alternative society of genderfluid 'mothers' living on Planet Ceres in a society that celebrates the lifegiving, caring, nurturing and pleasurable aspects of mothering.

Stephen Wardell: Uriah Plays the Alien, USA, 2019. 09:04

Addressing years of alienation experienced from my family after being outed as gay, and the alienation my brother experiences because of disability, and proposing a way of moving out of a present of rejection and alienation into a place of acceptance.

Thomas Kneubühler: Ebb and Flow, Canada/Switzerland, 2019. 05:40

The tide is low at Nunavik’s Ungava Bay. Children are leaving the shore, which is taken over by a helicopter from a mining company. Meanwhile in France, kids are vanishing into the fog. The sea is making its way in, nature is taking over again.



Wishful Images
presents works that envisage, address and/or document ways of being and acting together, that propose collective ways out of the present moment marked by multiple crises, including a return of old tribalisms and politics of hate, increasing precarity and social inequalities, and looming climate catastrophe. Despite this pessimistic outlook, the present moment also contains within it the seeds for a different kind of world, and it is through

identifying, amplifying and connecting moments of resistance, solidarity and shared creativity with local communities that these seeds can find a common ground in which to take hold and grow.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with some of the artists, a discussion and refreshments.



We would also like to alert you to a fundraiser for the activist group featured in Oliver Ressler's film Everything's Coming Together While Everything's Falling Apart: Limity jsme my.

Please support legal help for participants of civil disobedience actions for climate justice in the Czech Republic:
www.darujme.cz/projekt/1201737

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