Workshop Laurent Van Lancker: cinema, anthropology

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373MLVL Z 1 6S English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the course is to acquaint students and instructors with the field found between film and the „soft science“ of athropology. This employs all potential of film and other dramatic or descriptive devices. The excursion will be guided by renowned filmmakers, artists and instructors in the mentioned field.

Mode of study

Attended course

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Course contents

  1. 12. 2018, FAMU, Screening, Smetanovo nábř. 1012/2 – 19:00

Screening of film Surya (dir: Laurent Van Lancker, 2007, 76 min.) with the participation of the director. Introduction and discussion with the director.

  1. 12. 2018, FAMU, Classroom U1, Smetanovo nábř. 1012/2, 9,30 – 12:00.

Lecture: Laurent Van Lancker: Sensory Strategies and Forms of Knowledge in between Anthropology and Film.

To articulate materiality, senses and imagination in cinema might be an alternative means to create and convey knowledge, as are thoughts, paradigms and concepts. A dialogue, combination or/and juxtaposition of meaning and being, of senses and points of views, could originate in new perspectives in film practices. Through an exploration in the grey zone between art and anthropology we will also debate the possibility of going beyond representation and contextualisation.

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Assessment methods and criteria

Attendance at screenings and lectures. Participation


Laurent Van Lancker both studied Film and Anthropology, and holds a PhD in Audiovisual Art. He lectures at filmschools (INSAS - Brussels, UMAS - Split) and universities (FU BERLIN, WWU Münster). His early documentary works explored social and religious themes. Followed by a series of short works called 'Experimental Ethnographies'. His long-feature documentary film 'Surya' won international awards and had some theatrical releases. He made a few short fiction films and made his first long-feature award winning fiction film ‘Brak’ (Fallow) in 2016. His last long-feature documentary ‘Kalès’ has also won some awards and had theatrical release. His films were screened in major film festivals: IDFA, Oberhausen, FID Marseille, DokLeipzig, Festival Nouveau Cinema, Dubai IFF, … Recently, he has also moved into Web and Installation art, having his video installations screened in museums, galleries, art spaces. His films explore inter-cultural dialogue, and draw on various modes: Collaborative, Hybrid and Sensorial cinema. They propose a dialogue between ethics and aesthetics, poetics and politics.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
13.12.2018 19:00–20:30 Projection Room
Lažanský palác
Lecturer: Laurent Van Lancker lecture parallel1
14.12.2018 09:30–12:00 Room No. 1
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans