Karel Doing


Karel Doing is an independent artist, filmmaker and researcher. His interest in experimental film and expanded cinema is reframed within a critical approach toward modernity and post-modernity, in search of new meanings of the real and the material.

Through the study of (phyto)chemical process, the recording of oral history and the (re)use of cinematic heritage he explores alternative knowledge systems. In many of his works the rhythmical, painterly and performative qualities of the analogue film medium are foregrounded.

His films, performances and installations have been shown internationally, including shows in Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Bonn, Breda, Rotterdam and London. His films are distributed by Lightcone and the New York Filmmakers' Coop and can be found in the collections of EYE Filmmuseum and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.

In his thesis 'Ambient Poetics and Critical Posthumanism in Expanded Cinema' Doing maps and enquires the notion of the environmental versus the environmentalist. In conclusion he proposes new forms of humility, doubt and listening to be advanced in today's over-confident and exploitative human culture.

He is lecturing at Ravensbourne University in London and has given guest lectures and workshops internationally at Piet Zwart Institute, KABK, Nordland Kunst og Filmfagskole, FAMU, University of East London, Willem de Kooning Academy, Kingston School of Art and SNDO. He is presently based in Cambridge.

Together with Bea Haut he runs Film in Process, a DIY film-laboratory. His blog dedicated to the application of biodegradable chemistry can be found here.


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