Tallinn Photomonth ‘21 Artists’ Film Programme “Diplopia” at Cinema Sõprus

The Zone of Total Eclipse, Mika Taanila.2006, 6 min, film performance, 16mm x 2, Finland

Introductive talk by Julian Ross: 24.09.2021 at 5pm
Screenings: 26.09 & 10.10.2021 at 5 pm

Opening: 4.30 pm, screenings are followed by an artist talk.

Free entrance.

Anto Astudillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Su-Chen Hung, Saodat Ismailova, Myriam Jacob-Allard, Maryam Jafri, Piibe Kolka, Simon Liu, Rikuro Miyai, Kristina Norman, Morgan Quaintance, Mika Taanila, Keiichi Tanaami

Len Murusalu and Julian Ross

Diplopia is the title of Tallinn Photomonth 21’s Artists’ Film Programme. Co-curated by Len Murusalu and Julian Ross, it features work by 13 artists, two from Estonia, uniting historical and contemporary moving image from all over the world. The expanded screenings will take place across two evenings at Cinema Sõprus – 26th September and 10th October – and are thematically interconnected. They engage with doubles, diplopia and dialogue, within themselves and with each other, on both a conceptual and a visual level. Hosted two weeks apart – each screening is an inseparable half of the same whole.

Estonian artist and filmmaker Len Murusalu has invited British-Japanese researcher and writer Julian Ross to co-curate the programme to help facilitate the recognition of artists’ moving image as being part of Estonian experimental film history. Ross will give a talk on Japanese Expanded Cinema on Friday 24th September at Cinema Sõprus at 5pm.

“An encounter with a doppelgänger is a confrontation that forces you to consider what makes you unique. When you look for your phone among others on a table, you search for the scratches on the back and cracks on the screen that mark yours as unique. This encounter between copies became the foundation of the curatorial concept for this film programme. Diplopia, a condition also known as double vision, was the other structuring principle for our film programme. Artists’ moving image is rich and diverse as a medium. Still, it usually exists in a foggy area between film and art – not only in Estonia but also on a global level. Diplopia juxtaposes the short films that will be screened with the experience of the expanded cinema. Just as no two people perceive the world identically, no two film performances can be perceived in the same way. And there is no need, really. There are always variables in the equation in the form of space, light, and audience, and each element has a right to its place and role.” Julian Ross and Len Murusalu, co-curators of the artists’ film programme.


Talk by Julian Ross: Japanese Expanded Cinema
24.09.2021 at 5pm
Cinema Sõprus

Screening Part 1
26.09.2021 at 5 pm

Cinema Sõprus

4 Eyes. Keiichi Tanaami, 1975. 9’
Harbour City. Simon Liu, 2015. 13’
Mariam Jafri vs. Maryam Jafri. Maryam Jafri, 2019. 12’
Almargen. Anto Astudillo, 2018. 6’
0,8 Square Metres. Kristina Norman, 2012. 30’
Shadow. Rikuro Miyai, 1968. 12’
The Zone of Total Eclipse. Mika Taanila, 2006. 6’


Screening Part 2:
10.10.2021 at 5 pm

Cinema Sõprus

Once Removed. Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 2019. 29’
East/West. Su-Chen Hung, 1984/87. 4’
Her Five Lives. Saodat Ismailova, 2020. 13’
Les quatre recits d’Alice. Myriam Jacob-Allard, 2019. 5’
Cellula Filia. Piibe Kolka, 2021. 20’
Surviving You, Always. Morgan Quaintance, 2020. 18’


Len Murusalu is an Estonian artist and filmmaker. Her interdisciplinary work explores questions around the interpretation of history, identity and time using moving image, video performance, installation and painting. She is a producer and film director at ChronoLens and the founder of AmiLab, an NGO dedicated to artists’ moving image development. She has a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image and is a 2021 Oberhausen Seminar Fellow.

Julian Ross is a British-Japanese researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam. He is an assistant professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) and a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). His curatorial projects on Japanese expanded cinema have been presented at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, Eye Filmmuseum, Pioneer Works and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. He is co-editor of Japanese Expanded Cinema and Intermedia: Critical Texts from the 1960s (Archive Books).