05 February

Erik Viskil


Cinema of Thought, Colours of Thought

Erik Viskil explores the role of colours and their references in film in relation to the trains of conscious thought they evoke within the viewer. He departs from the idea that films can be essays – as goes for lectures in their turn too – and takes us associatively along various filmmakers and modes of filmmaking. By means of fragments and stills he shows in what ways directors of thoughtful films, such as Chantal Akerman and Jean-Luc Godard, made colours act beyond the obvious and how colours in their films generate statements and questions that overpower moods, and offer clues for understanding deeper layers of thought.

Erik Viskil is an independent researcher, writer, lecturer and advisor, with a profound interest in film. He studied Museology in Leiden and Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory & Rhetoric in Amsterdam, where he also received his PhD. He is a former executive board member of Rietveld and founder of the department of Image & Language. His activities related to film range from lecture series and projects at art schools to film programmes with cinemas and cultural institutions. He contributed to three earlier editions of the Studium Generale with seminars and lectures on film. He is currently participating in different roles in BEAR Fine Art in Arnhem, Design Academy Eindhoven, PhDArts in Leiden. At Gerrit Rietveld Academy he is leading the development of a new institutional plan.