In previous years of photogénie, a new editorial board has inaugurated a new run of issues with a mission statement. In the spirit of this open endeavour, this board has decided to try something different. In lieu of a distinct, collectively written mission statement, we offer up this first issue which contains essays, written by the members of this board, that can be variously taken as a gesture or a wider expression of their conception of cinema and/or the role and act of criticism. We hope that both readers and future writers of photogénie will gain sustenance and inspiration from these pieces and from the following issues, which we will have the great privilege to commission and edit.
By way of introduction, we present a series of speculations, anonymously written by this year’s board: https://photogenie.be/issues/cinema-in-entropy/.
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Issues in this edition
An Idle Cinema = A Free Cinema? 6 Articles
On a cinema engaged critically with the all-consuming profit motive but fundamentally disentangled from its demands.
Cinema in Entropy 5 Articles
A series of speculations, anonymously written by the 2023 editorial board.
The editorial board
Alonso Aguilar is an audiovisual producer, cultural journalist and lecturer from San José, Costa Rica. He does editorial labour in Krinégrafo: Cine y Crítica and his writings have featured in Mubi Notebook, Bandcamp Daily, Cinema Tropical, Cinema Year Zero, and Hyperallergic.
Anuj Malhotra is a filmmaker, critic and curator based out of New Delhi, India. His films have been selected to play in such festivals as Sheffield Doc/Fest, International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR), Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris (FCDEP) and IDFSKK, among others. He has been cited and published in such prestigious publications as photogénie, Senses of Cinema, NANG, Mubi Notebook, Asian Film Archive, Bright Lights Film Journal, The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle and Deep Focus Cinema. He is currently at work on The Mapmaker from Baghdad, a multimodal exploration of the subcultures of Bombay through the eyes of a location scout.
Ruairí McCann is an Irish writer, film programmer and musician, Belfast born and based but raised in Sligo. In addition to his editorial position at photogénie, he’s an editor at Ultra Dogme and a contributing writer to aemi, Alt/Kino, Screen Slate, Mubi Notebook, Film Hub NI and Sight & Sound.
Ioanna Micha lives in Athens, Greece and has chosen the career paths of film criticism and curation because watching movies is, simply put, irresistible.
Camilla Peeters is a writer and artist based in London. She writes primarily on film, music, critical thinking and their interstices. She makes music as Instar and is resident DJ at Burenhinder.
Jack Seibert is a film writer and video game developer living in Los Angeles. You can follow him on Twitter @legotack.