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90 minutes 16 December 2015

First edition of SCREENMATTER, a new film series in collaboration with the Jan van Eyck Academy. During this first edition, the Berlin-based artist Anna Zett will present her essay film THIS UNWIELDY PROJECT. The screening is followed by a conversation between Zett and researcher, curator and writer Julian Ross of the University of Westminster.

In the essay film THIS UNWIELDY OBJECT the animated dinosaurs of Hollywood cinema meet the petrified ghosts of colonial science. You follow the protagonist on a road trip into the dusty heart of the USA, where fossil traders, sculptors and paleontologists are trying to reconstruct the plot of natural history. But the more experts and entrepreneurs she talks to, the more obscure their projects appear. As the protagonist gets carried away by her own theories, the screen itself turns into a virtual dig site for unwieldy objects between science and fiction, trauma and entertainment, the remote past and the near future.

Anna Zett makes videos, writes texts and performs experiments that deal with the tragicomical aspects of science and technology. With a background in philosophy and academic research she is now working across the disciplines of cinema, radio, drama and dance.