Interviews

To the essays published in the catalogue of the exhibition Time Machine: Cinematic Temporalities by the curators and by a series of international scholars in the fields of art history, film and media theory, this section adds eleven interviews: with the Councillor for Culture of the Italian city of Parma, Michele Guerra, who commissioned the exhibition project as part of the cultural program of “Parma 2020: Italian Capital of Culture”, with some of the artists and filmmakers who have participated in the exhibition (Jeffrey Blondes, Alain Fleischer, Jacques Perconte, Malena Szlam) as well as with film scholars and curators whose works and whose suggestions have been very important for the development of the exhibition project (Teresa Castro, Ian Christie, Jean-Michel Durafour, Térésa Faucon, Alain Fleischer, Kei Osawa, Dominique Païni).

All the interviews have been recorded with Zoom during the months of September and October 2020: a period of partial lockdown in Italy and in France

— Interviews by Antonio Somaini, Marie Rebecchi and Éline Grignard.

Interview with Michele Guerra

Professor in Film and Media Studies at the University of Parma, author of books such as The Empathic Screen: Cinema and Neuroscience (with Vittorio Gallese, 2019) and Il limite dello sguardo. Oltre i confini delle immagini [The Limits of the Gaze. Beyond the Borders of Images] (2020), Michele Guerra is since 2017 the Councillor for …

Interview with Malena Szlam

An experimental filmmaker of Chilean origins but based in Montreal, Malena Szlam has developed throughout the years a work at the intersection between film and installation. A member of the collective Double Négatif in Montreal, she is the author of films such as Chronogram of Inexistent Time (2008), Beneath your Skin of Deep Hollow (2010), …

Interview with Alain Fleischer

Artist, filmmaker, photographer and writer, founder and director ot the Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporain, Alain Fleischer has explored in multiple ways, throughout his long career, the relationships between the still and the moving image. In this interview, he discusses the installation presented in the exhibition, La Vague gelée (1997), with its ambiguous status between …

Interview with Térésa Faucon

Associate Professor in Film Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, author of books such as Théorie du montage. Énergie des images (Armand Colin, 2017, 2nd ed.) and Gestes contemporains du montage. Entre médium et performance (Naima, 2017), Térésa Faucon discusses in this interview the film by Pascal Baes presented in the exhibition: Topic …

Interview with Kei Osawa

A researcher and curator at the Intermediatheque of The University Museum of the University of Tokyo, Kei Osawa has extensively worked on the Japanese physicist and meteorologist Masanao Abe, the author of a series of cloud studies during the 1920s and 1930s using photographs, films, as well as a wind machine of his own design. …

Interview with Teresa Castro

Associate Professor in Film Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, author of La pensée cartographique des images. Cinéma et culture visuelle (Aléas, 2011) and co-editor of Puissances du végétal et cinéma animiste (Les Presses du Réel, 2020), Teresa Castro discusses in this interview the tradition of time-lapse films dealing with the life of …

Interview with Jean-Michel Durafour

Professor in Film Theory and Aesthetics at the Université Aix-Marseille, author of books such as Jean-François Lyotard: questions au cinéma (PUF, 2009) and Cinéma et cristaux. Traité d’éconologie (Mimésis, 2018), Jean-Michel Durafour discusses in this interview the relation between cinema and crystals, focusing on two films presented in the exhibition : Kristallen in kleur by Jan …

Interview with Ian Christie

Professor in Film and Media History at Birkbeck College (University of London), film historian, critic and curator, Ian Christie has recently curated an exhibition presented in several locations and published a book on the pioneer of British cinema, Robert William Paul. The exhibition was first presented at the Bruce Castle Museum with the title Animatograph! …

Interview with Jacques Perconte

An artist and filmmaker whose work spans the different media of film, multi-channel videos, video installations, generative videos, performances (often in collaboration with musicians) and even operas, Jacques Perconte explores in his work the relations between the atmospheric and chromatic vibrations of the visible world and the ultimate possibilities of digital imaging. In this interview …

Interview with Dominique Païni

Both a film theorist and a film curator, the author of books such as Le Temps exposé. Le cinéma de la salle au musée (Cahiers du cinéma, 2002) and Le cinéma, un art plastique (Yellow Now, 2013), and the curator of seminal exhibitions such as Hitchcock et les arts (2001), Le regard d’Antonioni (2013-15) and …