1. Britt Hatzius
    screening / performance, 2015

    In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by the soundtrack (which has no dialogue), the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and at times struggling but courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.

    Based on the method of audio description, ‘Blind Cinema’ as a live event is an experience where the act of watching a film becomes a shared investment: A collaborative and imaginative act between seeing children and blinded adults. It embraces the fact that the act of trying to find the right words to describe (even if at times being ‘at a loss for words’) and of trying to hold onto the consequently unstable images created in the mind’s eye, will always only be an approximation. To articulate in words in order to share experiences involves a struggle, a struggle that seems to be closest to those in the midst of discovering language’s potential and limits.

    In focusing on that which lies beyond the sense of sight (leaving the illusory reality of cinema to re-enter that of the imagination), the attention oscillates between each shared but internal world guided by the whispering voice, and the shared physical space of the darkened cinema.

    The film screened during the performance will be seen by each group of children for the first time. Hence, each performance will have a new group of describing children. Each screening is preceded by a workshop with the group of children, aged between 9 and 11 (tbc), performing on the day.


    Direction / concept – Britt Hatzius
    Dramaturgy – Ant Hampton
    Film – Britt Hatzius, Simon Arazi, Maxim, Boris Belay
    Technical design / production assistance (blindfolds / speaking funnels) – Maria Koerkel, Geert Aertsen
    Creative Producer – Katja Timmerberg
    Thanks to – Thomas Tajo, Georgia Venetakis, Geertje De Ceuleneer, Axel Cleeremans, Campbell Works Gallery, LABO Brussels, Susanne Dietz, Miila, Nico, Alice, Josh, Marina, Rebecca, Anne Haaning, Neil Benun, Anna Rispoli, David Weber-Krebs, Duncan Speakman (sound mix), Houle, Cunio and Bown (music) and everyone who kindly attended the many try-outs.

    A co-production between Vooruit (Ghent), Beursschouwburg (Brussels)
    and Bronks Theatre (Brussels).

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  3. A cinematic installation by
    Tom Kok // Britt Hatzius

    Developed during Timelab Spring Camp 2012
    presented at:
    ALMOST CINEMA at Vooruit, Ghent, October 2012.

    more info:

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  4. Short edit of film 'Strecken' by Britt Hatzius with live music by Ollie Bown and Lothar Ohlmeier. Screening at Cafe Moskau, Berlin in July 2009.

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  5. Extract of screening at Scooterworks, London march 2008,
    of a film by Britt Hatzius with live reactive sound by Ollie Bown.


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