School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Sasha Litvintseva

Sasha

Lecturer in Film Theory and Practice

Email: s.a.litvintseva@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 0207 882 2992
Room Number: ArtsOne G23a
Website: www.sashalitvintseva.com

Profile

My work across films and research is situated at the intersection of moving image, ecology and the history of science; the uncertain thresholds of human and nonhuman, life and nonlife, organism and environment; the gap between the perceptible and the communicable; and is deeply invested in moving image as an embodied, affective medium.

I have recently completed a PhD project at Goldsmiths (awaiting examination), which proposes the concept and practice of geological filmmaking as an aesthetic strategy for grappling with some of the representational, perceptual and imaginative challenges posed by the ecological crisis.  As part of this project I made two films, on sinkholes and on asbestos, as well as publishing numerous texts, including peer-reviewed contributions to special issues of the Environmental Humanities and Transformations journals. I am currently developing this research toward a book monograph.

I am also currently in the early stages of a long-term research project called Universal Syntax, together with my collaborator Beny Wagner, which seeks to untangle the human tendency, present from ancient Babylonian observational practices all the way to the human genome project, to read the natural world as a text. There are a number of films currently in production, all dealing with the perceptible and the communicable in the history of science. The project will culminate in a feature length film and a book of essays.

My films have exhibited and screened worldwide including the Berlin, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Edinburgh, Courtisane, Kassel, Alchemy film festivals; Wroclaw, Videobrasil and Moscow Young Art biennales; museums and galleries such as Mumok, Vienna; Garage Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow; Kunstverein, Gottingen; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; including solo presentations at institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Berlinische Galerie, Modern Art Museum, Berlin; ICA, London; Union Docs, NYC, among many others.

I teach Film Archaeology and Research Methods at BA level, and Documentary Production at MA level as well as contributing to the MA Film Studies core course. 

Teaching

FML7202 The Performative Documentary (Documentary Production)

FLM604 Film Archaeology

FLM509 Research Methods (Film)

MA Film Studies core course

Research

Research Interests:

* artists’ moving image

* experimental documentary

* environmental humanities

* history and philosophy of science

* media and film archaeology

* film, ecology and the nonhuman

* the limits of the visible

Publications

'Geological Filmmaking: Seeing Film Through Geology and Geology Through Film’, in Transformations no. 32, special issue on  ‘Ecological Thinking of the Moving Image’, eds. Warwick Mules and John Charles Ryan, 2018

‘Asbestos: Inside and Outside, Toxic and Haptic’, in Environmental Humanities vol. 11 no. 1, special section on ‘Toxic Embodiment’, eds. Celilia Asberg and Olga Cielemecka, 2019

'Never Odd or Even - on Palindromes and Metaphors', with Beny Wagner, Hereafter, Sonic Acts, out early 2019

‘Sinkholes in Signification’, with Daniel Mann, Sonic Acts Reader, Sonic Acts, 2018

'From Exile to Entropy: Notes on Protagonists and the Posthistorical’, New Cinema and the City: Migrations, edited by Ektoras Arkomanis, Cours De Poetique, out spring 2019

Filmography (with selected exhibitions) 

Theatre of the Invisible (in pre-production, with Beny Wagner, DE)

Funded by Medienboard Berlin - Brandenburg

A Demonstration (in production, with Beny Wagner, NL&UK&DE)

Salarium (2017 / 42 min / HD video / with Daniel Mann / UK)

ICA, London solo screening; Berlin Modern Art Museum solo exhibition; Garage Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow; Mumok, Vienna; Cinema Du Reel; RIDM, Montreal…

Asbestos (2016 / 20 min / HD video / with Graeme Arnfield / UK)

Berlinale Forum Expanded; Courtisane Festival special program; Roaming Projects, London solo exhibition; Flusser Archiv, Berlin solo exhibition… 

The Stability of the System (2016 / 17 min / HD video / with Isabel Mallet / UK)

International Film Festival Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago solo screening; Sonic Acts; Inland Art Festival; Lighthouse Gallery…

Exile Exotic (2015 / 14 min / HD video / UK&TUR)

Cinema Du Reel; L’Alternativa Barcelona; Alchemy Film Festival; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Kunstverein Gottingen; Dakota Gallery, Brussels solo exhibition…

Evergreen (2014 / 27 min / HD video / UK&JAP )
Videobrasil; Moscow Biennale for Young Art; AC Institute, NY solo exhibition; Image/Movement, Berlin, solo screening; Visions, Montreal solo screening…

Immortality, home and elsewhere (2014 / 12 min / HD video / UK&RUS)

Ann Arbor Film Festival; Kino Der Kunst; Edinburgh Film Festival;  Festival Du Nouveau Cinema; Wroclaw Biennale; Neues Museum, Nürnberg…

Alluvion (2013 / 31 min / HD video / UK)

Union Docs, NY solo screening; Edinburgh Film Guild solo screening; Carlos Ishikawa gallery, London; Kasseler Dokfest; Aesthetica Film Festival…