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Dana Linssen

Dana Linssen is a philosopher and freelance film critic, writer, curator and lecturer cinematic arts and policies from the Netherlands.
Since 1997 she has been working as a regular film critic for daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad (writing reviews, interviews and other articles on film and related audio-visual arts on a weekly basis). This includes watching about new 500 films per year and attending between 6 – 10 international film festivals, mostly as a critic or as a mentor of young critic’s programs, moderator of Q&A’s and talkshows or as a speaker at conferences or panels, and occasionally as a member of the FIPRESCI press jury.

Besides that, she was editor in chief of independent film magazine de Filmkrant from 1998-2019. After she stood down as editor-in-chief spring 2019 to make way for a younger and more diverse generation of voices she continued to be a regular contributor to de Filmkrant and initiator and coach of Filmkrant Lab, a year-round training ground for young film critics.
Furthermore, Dana teaches film history, analysis and theory at the Theatre Academy of ArtEZ Academy of the Arts in Arnhem, the Department of Audio Visual Media and Writing for Pertormance at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht.

With Jan Pieter Ekker, she curates the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2015, where they commission around ten video essays per year for the big screen. In that same year the two of them founded the new competition program Director’s Forum at the Netherlands Film Festival, to create a framework for mediating auteur cinema in the Netherlands, where the programmed that festival selection for the first 5 years.

Since 2009 she has been organizing debates, residencies and publications under the moniker of The Slow Criticism Project, a ‘playform’ for innovate criticism and a counterbalance against the commodification of film journalism.

Together with Rogier Blok Dana is curator of the FilmForward Vrijplaats Residency 2020 and with Winnie Roseval of the FilmForward Vrijplaats Residency 2021.

Rogier Klomp

Drawing is Rogiers way to grasp the complexities of our world. To map out intricate dynamics and to contextualise those by translating them into stories.
Rogier tells stories in different media in which the medium itself is intertwined with the subject. Some examples: a data-driven documentary in which open data is used to investigate a secretive multinational, a set of short films in which intrinsically biased people train subsequently biased algorithms, a crowdsourced animation film about Europe drawn by Europhiles as well as Eurosceptics and propaganda films on the subject of propaganda.

Rogier has worked as a graphic journalist at the newspaper NRC Handelsblad and produced animations for multiple VPRO Tegenlicht documentaries and other TV series. Furthermore he is an educator at several art academies and was one of the supervisors of the masterclass Sandberg@Mediapark for the editions Technology as Religion (2018) and Artificial Imagination (2019).

Together with Dana Linssen Rogier is the curator of the Vrijplaats Residency 2020, and speaker at the Vrijplaats Residency 2021 and the Vrijplaats Residency 2022.


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