Johannes Binotto: music, crystal, memory

In Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 the use of music from other sources, and from François Truffaut’s VIVEMENT DIMANCHE in particular, becomes an additional layer to its multi-layered images and narrative.
By musical cue one film gets into an intimate conversation with another.… continue

Podcast «Dritte Klappe» zum Videoessay

Diskussion über Videoessays und Videoessay-Forschung im Podcast «Dritte Klappe» der Filmuniversität Babelsberg, mit Dr. Johannes Binotto, Dr. Maike Sarah Reinerth und Anna-Sophie Philippi.

Unabgeschlossen, versuchhaft, sich vortastend: Video Essays sind kritische Landkarten, bei denen die Kamera zu Stift und Papier wird.… continue

Johannes Binotto: TV Dictionary – Miami Vice

As part of the collaborative video essay project TV DICTIONARY by Ariel Avissar this psychoanalytically inspired video essay reads the 80s TV series MIAMI VICE on the basis of a word that designates its central trope, its aesthetic principle, as well as its fundamental philosophical and psychological concept.… continue

Johannes Binotto: a message from Jiří

Early cinema, the materiality of film, and today’s audio messaging.
The message from scholar and film theorist Jiří Anger on his research on the Czech film pioneer Jan Kříženecký made me see the things he is obsessed with.… continue

Student video notebooks on film history

As part of their first year BA course in film theory the students at the Lucerne School of Art and Design together with Johannes Binotto and in conjunction with the videoessay research project produce collaborative video notebooks on classics of film history.… continue

Screening at the Massachussetts Multicultural Film Festival

The Massachussetts Multicultural Film Festival organized a solo screening of two of Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s recent video essays. She also took part in a public conversation about her work with researcher Barbara Zecchi and the host of the Video Essay Podcast, Will DiGravio.… continue

“Chloé Galibert-Laîné en conversation avec Delphine Jeanneret”

Chloé Galibert-Laîné was invited to screen her video essay Forensickness and discuss her videographic research practice in dialogue with researcher and curator Delphine Jeanneret, as part of the international conference “EDITING ARTS: Le montage au cinéma et dans les arts contemporains” organized at the HEAD in Geneva, Switzerland.… continue

Oswald Iten: Silence in THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS

David Lean’s 1949 melodrama THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS has never gained the same popularity as its similarly themed predecessor BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945). But apart from a stellar performance by Claude Rains it has something that is practically inexistent in the earlier film: silence.… continue

Johannes Binotto: Practices of Viewing II: Pause

Pause is just a click away. The fact that on our devices we can pause a film whenever we want makes us forget how unsettling this actually is. Thinking about how dangerous it once has been when the images come to halt should help us to see this practice as subversive.… continue

«Resisting ISIS: Art against political violence»

Chloé Galibert-Laîné was invited to contribute to the panel conversation organized to launch the online platform reCLAIM, in which her collaborative video essay project Bottled Songs is exhibited. The event was hosted by the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Cologne in Germany.… continue

Student Video Essays on The Conversation

As result of a theory course in February 2021 on filmanalysis taught by Johannes Binotto the first year video students at the Lucerne School of Arts and Design produced these eight video essays.… continue

Dealing with Texts (Differently). The Essayistic from Virginia Woolf to the Video Essay 

BA Seminar taught by Johannes Binotto
Spring Semester 2021, English Department University of Zurich

Abstract: We tend to forget that the term „essay“ literally means „trial, attempt“. As Theodor Adorno has pointed out, the essay as a specific textual form necessarily challenges the ideas of pre-established methods and scientific rules and must instead be understood as an adventurous trial, as a radical experiment which „pays for its affinity to intellectual experience with a lack of security.“… continue

Artikel zum Videoessay-Projekt in Der Landbote

Was machen die Bilder mit uns?

Artikel von Helmut Dworschak, Der Landbote 6.2.2021, S. 7

Der Filmwissenschaftler und «Landbote»-Kolumnist Johannes Binotto leitet an der Hochschule Luzern ein Forschungsprojekt des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds über Video-Essays.

Johannes Binotto: Practices of Viewing I – F.FWD

Fast forwarding – nothing is as despised and as omnipresent among those in love with cinema. But what if we consider the speeding up of film as a reflexive practice that connects contemporary media consumption with the experimental beginnings of cinema before standardization.… continue

«Monograph» Screening at La Casa Encendida

La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain) 25.2.2021

Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s video essays Flânerie 2.0, Watching the Pain of Others and Forensickness will screen as part of the «Monográfico» screening series at La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Spain.… continue

«Split Screens: Starving for Connection»

University College Cork – National University of Ireland, 02.02.2021

Chloé Galibert-Laîné will give a guest lecture in Prof. Dr. Laura Rascaroli’s class at the Cork University in Ireland entitled «Split Screens: Starving for Connection».… continue

«Desktop | Essay» Symposium at the Heinrich-Heine-University

Heinrich-Heine-University (Düsseldorf, Germany), 29.01.2021

Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s ongoing project Bottled Songs (co-authored with Kevin B. Lee) will be screened and discussed as part of the «Desktop | Essay» Symposium at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany.… continue

C. Galibert-Laîné: What Scholarly Video Essays Feel Like (2020)

in Tracy Cox-Stanton and Allison de Fren (ed.), «The Scholarly Video Essay», The Cine-Files, n°15, Fall 2020 [online].

Excerpt: As incidental as it may seem at first, I think the most critical feature of the spectatorial experience offered by a scholarly video essay is determined by its fixed pace and duration.… continue

Masterclass: Chloé Galibert-Lainé

Solothurner Filmtage, 25.1.2021

Chloé Galibert-Lainé in conversation with Giuseppe di Salvatore talking about her videographic research, how she makes her films, and the questions both theoretical and practical she faces in her work.… continue

Videoessay-Panel at Solothurner Filmtage

Solothurner Filmtage 25.1.2021

Discussion on the video essay, its many forms, its networks, the personal journey of some of its proponents, and its future.

German Abstract: Der Videoessay hat sich zu einer wichtigen und facettenreichen Form der Filmkritik entwickelt.… continue

Best video essays of 2020 poll

The best video essays of 2020 poll (hosted by the Sight&Sound Magazine and the British Film Institute) is out with several video essays by team members Chloé Galibert-Laîné, Johannes Binotto and Oswald Iten among the top picks.… continue

Chloé Galibert-Laîné: A very long exposure time

Inventing a poetic path through images created with Louis Daguerre’s centuries-old photographic device, 16mm film cameras, pixelated video games consoles, early smarphones and contemporary computer interfaces, the work asks: what aspects of reality have these different technologies been designed to document?… continue

Oswald Iten: Beyond the Catchy Tunes

Audiovisual essay for the NECSUS issue Autumn 2020_#Method.

When it comes to Disney music, and The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1967) in particular, most people think of character-defining songs like ‘The Bare Necessities’.… continue

Jialu Zhu: The Absent Father, Cultural Trauma

Taking “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations and The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the departure point this video essays traces the theme of the absent black father as rooted in the trauma of colonialization and slavery, perpetuated by the cultural trauma of racism in America. … continue

Video Essay Workshop: Minor Instances, Major Consequences.

Charles University Prague, 25.11. / 26.11. / 2.12.2020 (workshop will be held online, due to Covid-19)
Video Essay Workshop on Audiovisual Materiality by Johannes Binotto

The workshop is part of the seminar «Found footage: Praktická teorie filmu» taught by Jiří Anger.continue

Johannes Binotto: Key/Frame

In digital video, keyframes are those images which serve as anchoring points for all the other images. By removing them the video becomes unstable.

A digital automaton working against cinema’s obsession.… continue

J. Binotto: In Lag of Knowledge. Video Essay as Parapraxis (2020)

in: Bernd Herzogenrath (Ed.): Practical Aesthetics. London, New York: Bloomsbury 2020. S. 83-93

Abstract: The video essay as a form of film studies which does not only think about cinema but which is working with film excerpts as tools of their own analysis has seen widespread success and proliferation in recent years.… continue

Jialu Zhu e.a.: Subdue the Earth


A video essay exploring the exploitation of the American west, along the lines of Frederick Jackson Turner’s frontier thesis and western films, from THE MAN FROM LARAMIE to WESTWORLD Season 1.… continue

Chloé Galibert-Laîné: Forensickness

In an attempt to analyse Chris Kennedy’s ‹Watching the Detectives›, a researcher dives into a massive archive of media produced after the Boston attacks. Her online wanderings offer a performative exploration of the history of critical thinking and the ruthless politics of truth production.… continue

Johannes Binotto: Trace

The first image of «Hiroshima mon amour» – a trace, asking for interpretation, resisting interpretation. Feeling for the facets of just this one image is personal, visceral. Never final.… continue

Johannes Binotto: Crossings

There is this magical scene in Ulrike Ottinger’s FREAK ORLANDO which brings into play the questions of otherness and identification, of desire as queer and transgressive, and of film (and media in general) as that which is caught between transparence and opacity.… continue

Oswald Iten: The Age Of Emptiness

Video essay based on Martin Scorsese’s 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel «The Age Of Innocence» and Bernard Herrmann’s score for TAXI DRIVER (Scorsese, 1976).

«The Age Of Emptiness» takes a look at how we might also read Scorsese’s film in our current situation of «Social Distancing».… continue

J. Binotto: Analyse in Bewegung: Videoessay als Zukunft der Filmkritik (2019)

in: P. Brunner, T. Fischer, M. Kuhn (Hg.): Freie Sicht aufs Kino. Filmkritik in der Schweiz. Marburg. Schüren 2019, S. 157-172.

Auszug: … Die Vitalität und Zukunft des Videoessays wird denn auch insgesamt weniger in einer Vereinheitlichung der Verfahren liegen, wie sie etwa in einschlägigen How-to-Anleitungen auf Youtube angeboten werden, sondern darin, wie sehr dieses Format als Labor für ganz unterschiedliche Experimente mit und an Filmen genutzt wird.… continue