The next edition of hungry eyes festival will take place in August 2022. The Open Call will be published most likely in the beginning of 2022.
hungry eyes festivalist is a festival at the intersection of film, performance art and installation art and is happening roughly every one and a half years in Giessen, Germany.
Together with artists from all over the world and the audience we are investigating how film can be watched outside of a movie theatre and how also other artistic disciplines can think in cinematic ways.
Questions, that we are posing ourselves are:
What distinguishes watching a film in a cinema from watching it in a theatre-space? Which theatrical means can be found in film and what happens with cinematic tools on stage? What is the relationship between an endlessly repeatable, two-dimensional film and a three-dimensional performance that emerges from the moment? Which facets of the respectable media can become apparent and mutually enrich each other through the transgressions of the genres? How can a discussion about art develop in which art and discourse are not limited to individual media?
Our interest lies where the boundaries between the respective art forms get blurred and become fuzzy: at the intersection of film, performance art and installation art.
Film in particular is a medium that is increasingly retreating into private spaces and onto private devices. The opportunity to see and reflect about art together with others is an essential part of hungry eyes festival. It enables its visitors to have both individual and collective viewing experiences, to relate these to each other and to actively perceive themselves as recipients.
An important part of the program are therefore also our discussion and exchange formats between audience and artists.
Through its diverse program, hungry eyes festival addresses the widest possible audience, ranging from film-loving citizens of Giessen and the surrounding area to the professional audience of the international interdisciplinary art scene.
The last edition from February 5th - 7th, 2021 was originally supposed to be held in the exhibition space "KiZ" (Kultur im Zentrum), but due to the ongoing seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic situation and the related decisions of the German government to contain the virus, it was moved to the Internet. A version was developed with which hungry eyes festival could be followed in many different and sometimes experimental ways - with the difference that this time it didn't matter whether the spectators’ living room was on Berliner Platz in Giessen or on the other side of the globe. The program of the hungry eyes festival 2021 was digitally accessible all over the world.
hungry eyes festival emerged in 2017 from the film festival Filmsommer (2016) and over its three editions in 2017, 2018 and 2021 sharpened its profile as an interdisciplinary festival that shows and reflects on film not only on the screen, but also in performative and installative works.
Originally founded by a small group of students of Applied Theater Studies, its passion was and still is film as a medium in all its facets.
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