Prof. Kevin B. Lee

Vita

Kevin B. Lee ist Filmemacher- und Kritiker aus Chicago. Von der Süddeutschen Zeitung als Pionier des Genres bezeichnet, produzierte Lee in den letzten 10 Jahren über 360 online publizierte Video-Essays. Mit „Transformers: The Premake“ entwickelte er das Genre weit über bestehende Formate hinaus zu einem zeitgemäßen Instrument visueller und medialer Kritik. Der Film lief auf vielen Festivals, das Sight & Sound Magazin wählte ihn unter die besten Dokumentarfilme 2014.

2017 wurde Lee der erste Harun-Farocki-Stipendiat am gleichnamigen Institut in Berlin und forschte dabei zu ISIS-Propagandavideos. Er war Mitbegründer der Film-Website fandor.com und schrieb u.a. für die New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate und Indiewire. Lehrerfahrung sammelte er an der School of the Art Institute in Chicago, der Universität von Illinois und der Goethe Universität in Frankfurt.

Wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen (peer-reviewed)

2016
“Decoding or Re-Encoding?” published in Malte Hagener, Vincenz Hediger, Alena Strohmaier (Eds.), The State of Post-Cinema: Tracing the Moving Image. Palgrave Macmillan “Active Encounters: A Conversation Between Alejandro Bachmann and Kevin B. Lee,” Found Footage Magazine, Issue No. 3 “Conversation with Kevin B. Lee and Eric Faden.” In Christian Keathley, Jason Mittel (Eds.), The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound and Image
2014
“The Audiovisual Essay.” [in]Transition Journal for Videographic Film Studies, März 2014.
2013
“Containing Possibilities: The founding history of dGenerate Films.” In: Lukas Foerster, Nikolaus Perneczky, Fabian Tietke, Cecilia Valenti (Eds.): Spuren eines Dritten Kinos. Zu Ästhetik, Politik und Ökonomie des World Cinema, Bielefeld: 2013, S. 79-85

Artikel, Essays und andere Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl)

2017
“The Best Video Essays of 2017.” (co-authored with David Verdeure). Sight & Sound, Dec 7 2017 “Critique, Protest, Activism and the Video Essay,” Institute for Contemporary Arts, London. 30.03.2017 Harun Farocki Institut Residency Blog. 01.01. – 31.03.2017 What I Learned About Hollywood by Shooting a Guerrilla Documentary About the Next Transformers Movie.” Slate, 18.06.2014

Preise und Auszeichnungen (Auswahl seit 2015)

2019
Eurimages Lab Project Award, Kalovy Vary International Film Festival
2018
Sundance Documentary Fund Art of Nonfiction Grantee European Media Art Platform / European Media Artists Residency Exchange, m-cult, Helsinki
2017
Inaugural Artist in Residence, Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin
2016
Departmental Thesis Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago “Future Delights: Dispatches from the Chinese Dream”
2015
ARTE Creative Newcomer Award European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany (for “Transformers: The Premake”)

Vorträge (Auswahl)

2019
“Videographic Criticism: Aesthetics and Methods of the Video Essay.” Free University Berlin “Dreams and Terrors of Desktop Documentary.” Lucerne School of Art and Design “The Filmmaker of Tomorrow, Everyday.” University of California at Berkeley “Dreams and Terrors of Desktop Documentary.” Stanford University Keynote address, “Exploring the Video Essay” symposium, Oakland University
2018
Workshop, “Media (Text) Rhetoric and Video Essays: Dealing Analytically and Creatively with ISIS videos. [with Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Bernd Zywietz]. Jihadi Audiovisualities Conference, Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany From Eisenstein to #Screenlife.” Moscow International Experimental Film Festival “Bottled Songs.” Andorra Theatre, Helsinki, Finland “Future Innovation Summit.” Ars Electronical Festival, Linz, Austria “Error, Fake and Failure.” Ars Electronica Film Festival, Linz, Austria “Dreams and Terrors of Desktop Documentary,” Theory/Practice: Expanding Scholarship in the Age of Digital Media, Yale University Conversations in Contemporary Art, Concordia University, Montreal “Beyond Filmsplaining: Exploring Gender Dynamics in the Video Essay,” Smith College “Transactions and Translations of World Cinema: Videographic Approaches” Panel Respondent, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto “Visual Storytelling,” Berlinale Talents, Berlin International Film Festival Keynote Address, “Dreams and Terrors of Desktop Documentary,” Film und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloquium, Ruhr-Universitat, Bochum Germany
2017
Reformatting and Recontextualizing Content,” Deutsches Filminstitut, Hamburg Internationales Kurzfilm Festival, Hamburg “Desktop Documentary and Curation,” Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK), Leipzig . “Life Navigation,” Roaming Assemby Symposium, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, Niederlande “Martyrs for the Mass,” Visual Practices Symposium, University of California, Davis, CA, USA “A Brief History of Video Essays,” Werkleitz, Halle, 2.4. Keynote Lecture, Videographic Film Studies Workshop, University of Reading, UK Critique, Protest, Activism and the Video Essay” Essay Film Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, UK “Light Typing Lecture,” University of California, Davis, CA, USA "The Distracted Observer,” École normale superieure, Paris, Frankreich “Post-Cinema” École normale superieure, Paris, France “The Bottled Songs of Lost Children,” Freie Universität, Berlin “Light Typing Lecture,” Harun Farocki Institut, silent green, Berlin “Shucking the Oyster Princess: Live Video Essay Cooking Class” Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, “The Next Big Thing: You Don’t Get To 5 Million Facebook Views Without Making a Few Compromises,” Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

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