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Pixels in Focus

Film Screening + Panel Talk

Image of an avatar's face and the subtitle: It's always re-examining things.

Virtual photography and cinematography

Pixels in Focus is a short film program that reflects on the ways photography and video games intersect. In recent years, as video games have become increasingly more cinematic, practices like virtual photography and cinematography have become much more prominent, with many developers now allowing users to take photos or make films in-game. What kind of aesthetic boundaries and new sensibilities are introduced when these mediums collide?

To explore these questions, the screening will be followed by a talk with a panel of media researchers, including Thomas Spies, a professor at the University of Cologne and Macromedia University and a practitioner of virtual photography. This discussion will pay special attention to hyper-realism, especially in the context of artificial intelligence.

Film program

Le Moment Fabrique
by Alan Butler
Ireland, 2017, 4 min

The Grannies
by Marie Foulston
UK, Australia, 2019, 15 min

End Time and The Trajectories of Ancestors
by Edwin Lo Yun Ting
Hong Kong, 2017, 4 min

by Chloé Galibert-Laîné
France, Switzerland, 2023, 22 min