An van. Dienderen is a filmmaker, graduated in audiovisual arts (Sint-Lukas, Brussels), obtained a PhD in Comparative Cultural Sciences (Ghent University), and was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. She made several documentaries screened worldwide, awarded with (inter)national prizes. Films include Visitors of the Night ('98), Site ('00), Tu ne verras pas Verapaz ('02), The Ephemerist ('05) Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders - Made in Japan ('08), Cherry Blossoms (’12), Letter Home (’15) and Lili (’15). She regularly publishes on visual/performative anthropology, is a lecturer and artistic researcher at the School of Arts Ghent, and initiated the international art workspace SoundImageCulture. Her work has been shown on the Margaret Mead Film and Video festival (New York), FID Marseille, DocFest Sheffield, Belluard Festival (Fribourg), DMZ Korea International documentary festival, International Short film Festival Oberhausen, FIDOCS, Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago, International Filmfestival Rotterdam, etc.
LVL both studied Film and Anthropology, and holds a PhD in Art. He lectures at filmschools (INSAS, IAD, LUCA) and universities (FU Berlin). His early works illuminate social and religious aspects. Followed by a series of short works called 'Experimental Ethnographies'. His long-feature film 'Surya', won international Awards, and had a theatrical release. He also made web-projects (diwans.org),video installations, and fiction films. His films draw on various modes: Experiential, Performative and Sensorial cinema.
Master in film directing INSAS, Brussels. Religious Science Laboratoire Audio-Visuel à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. Phd Cinématographie Sorbonne, Paris (promotor Jean Rouch). Studio lector INSAS. Writer of novels and theatre plays. Realised and produced a number of documentaries. Eric is a coach and conducts the "Root Seminar".
Didier Volckaert is an artist and otaku. He created Optical Installations, made several award winning Documentaries and even a Fiction Feature Film. His main interests, apart from life, are Cinema, Japanese Pop Culture, Industrial Music & Art, Toys, Pirates & Piracy, Science Fiction, Eroticism and the Exotic. Didier is a coach and conducts both the Pre-Cinema / Databased Future seminar and the editing sessions.
Master in Architecture from the University of Engineers at Lima-Peru, she has studied film production at the INSAS, directing actors at the Ron Burrus studio in Los Angeles. She has directed 4 feature films and ten documentaries. All have been shown in selected festivals: Manheim, Toronto, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Berlin-Forum, San Sebastian and many have gotten several prices like: Art and Essai film price, First prize Poitiers, Jury price Taiwan TIDF, Jury Price FiDOC Chili. She has been teaching film production and directing actors in Escuela de los Baños, Cuba, at the art school in Lausanne (ECAL) at the INSAS and IAD in Brussels. The 56th Festival dei Popoli organised a retrospective of her work in 2015. Her last film Le chant des Hommes/Rising voices got the SACD prize 2015.
Pieter Van Bogaert is a critic and curator. He made exhibitions for institutions as Kunsthal Bergen (Norway), Witte de With (Rotterdam) or Z33 (Hasselt). Recently his attention shifts from images to the imagination or, as he prefers to call it, to the imaginary practice. Some results of that shift were part of Blijven Kijken / Ce qui nous regarde / Dropouts, the exhibition and book he made in 2013 for Museum M in Leuven. Pieter is coach and conducts the Text & Context seminar.
He started his musical career within the electronic group Front242 - their sources of inspiration range from architecture, graphic design to film. His work with the artist Kendell Geers explores the field of Contemporary Performance Art. Patrick Codenys is professor of "Sound Creation" at La Cambre - Brussels. Patrick is coach and conducts the workshop "Sound and Spatialization".
Els Opsomer is a Brussels based visual artist. Her artwork stems from a constantly expanding archive of urban images [archive building]. By analyzing our globalized reality, she exposes the challenging notion of personal integrity within it. Recent 16mm films depict the fate of modern utopias and their lost grandeur. She participated in international biennial exhibitions, is former resident of the Rijksakademie Amsterdam and lectures at Sint-Lukas Brussel.
Jorge León studied film in Brussels (INSAS). His interests led him into the documentary field as director and director of photography. He’s been working as photographer and videomaker, with a.o. Eric Pauwels, Thierry De Mey, Benoît Lachambre, Meg Stuart. His films have been widely presented in film festivals worldwide and were awarded on several occasions. He’s been working as a dramaturg on several productions and together with Simone Aughterlony he directed stage performances. Jorge teaches documentary practice at INSAS.
Daniele Dottorini is currently Professor of Philosophy and Theory of cinema image at Department of Humanities of University of Calabria. He is Film programmer for “Festival dei popoli. International Documentary Film Festival” in Florence since 2008. His research interests range from issues concerning cinema theory - in particular the relationship between cinema and philosophy, from Deleuze to contemporary thought, in new forms of contemporary documentary and on theory of documentary.
David Toop, born in 1949, is a composer and improvising musician, author, artist and curator based in London. Described as “the godfather of UK sound art” in The Guardian, he is experienced in many fields of sound, listening practice and music. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops with the Flying Lizards, exhibited sound installations in Tokyo, Beijing and London’s National Gallery, worked with many artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Camille Norment and Max Eastley. His writing includes essays, criticism, academic papers and six books.
Professor and Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts London, he is also the co-creator of Sculpture events with artist Rie Nakajima. His blog – a sinister resonance – can be found at http://davidtoopblog.com/