Forensickness and Watching The Pain of Others

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Wednesday, March 17
12:30pm EST

Guest: Chloé Galibert-Laîné (director)

Introduced by: Barbara Zecchi, UMass Amherst


(2020, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, France, 40 mins, in French with English subtitles)

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.


Watching The Pain of Others

(2018, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, France, 31 mins, in English/French)

In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film “The Pain of Others” by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.

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Introduction by Barbara Zecchi

Forensickness and Watching The Pain of Others

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About the Filmmaker

Chloé Galibert-Laîné

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Chloé Galibert-Laîné is a French researcher and filmmaker. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Lucerne School of Art and Design – HSLU in Switzerland. She regularly teaches theory classes and artistic workshops about film and media; recently she taught at CalArts (US), Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Marseille (FR), Université Paris 8 (FR), Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL), Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (DE) and Merz Akademie in Stuttgart (DE).

Her work takes different forms (texts, films, video installations and live performances) and explores the intersections between cinema and online media. She is particularly interested in questions related to modes of spectatorship, gestures of appropriation, processes of knowledge production and mediated memory.

Her films have shown at festivals such as the IFFRotterdam (NL), FIDMarseille (FR), Ji.hlava DFF (CZ), True/False Festival (US), EMAF (DE), transmediale (DE), Images Festival (CA), Kasseler Dokfest (DE), Ars Electronica Festival (AT), WRO Media Art Biennale (PL) and FIPADOC (FR).

Recent awards, grants and residencies include a residency at m-cult (FI) through the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), an ‘Art of Nonfiction’ Grant from the Sundance Institute (US), a Research Grant from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (DE), and the Eurimages Lab Project Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (CZ).

About the Introducer

Barbara Zecchi

Image of Barbara ZecchiBarbara Zecchi, Professor of Film Studies  (area of Visual and Performance Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Program), Dept. of Languages Literatures and Cultures, and Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a feminist film scholar, film critic, film festival curator, and video-essayist. She has published and lectured extensively  on European and Latin American cinemas, women filmmakers, feminist film theory, adaptation theory, gender and aging studies, videographic criticism, and on the use of technology in the humanities. Since 2016 she has served as Associate Member of The Film Academy of Spain  (Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España).


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