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MA Visual Anthropology 2019  – Final Film Release: TBD Winner Paul Watson Prize 2019 “Destabilizing mainstream notions of female pleasure.” ”The film acts as a sort of choral manifesto for another understanding of female sexuality.” Have you ever seen a bird with red wings? How to become a multi-orgasmic woman?  What is squirting? How to become a multi-orgasmic woman? Schmitz had many questions concerning female pleasure, ‘hidden’ anatomy, and its imaging. What is there to know and how do we get to know it? Where is sexual knowledge produced? Her search comes together in this mischievous and (anti-)climactic assemblage of expertises, theories, fantasies, memories and confusions; how to represent the unrepresentable? Where do sponges come from? Is to see, to know, to feel?  With a.o. artist/researcher Isabel Burr Raty, sexshop owner Hanni Jagtman, sexologist Liesbeth Schillemans and artist/experience expert Ilona West. Request password via email: juliasterreschmitz@gmail.com  
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The Concrete of Love

In the 1920’s, the surrealist Breton set up conversation sessions to investigate sex, with the aim to establish “objective” facts of love. Merely two women participated in just a few sessions, in which they mostly asked questions. The men had clear ideas about for example the female orgasm and even gave percentages and numbers for several cases. This reassemblage of found footage plays with the male gaze, by switching roles around.
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Under Construction – A Video Essay

A video Essay that plays with the notion of a ‘constructed reality’ and the nature of reflexivity and performativity. Special thanks to Diane Groothuysen, the ‘voice-over artist’ of my dreams, my professor Claire Loussouarn and Dr Catherine Grant who shared this video essay on the platform Audiovisualcy. Made for my masters Visual Anthropology (MAVIS, Goldsmiths 2018) Review by Filmscalpel.com Selected by BFI top 200 Video Essays of 2018
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Tropical Fish in the North Sea – alternate version

Originally a 5 channel video installation, this edit hopes to give a sense of how the installation played with the edit in terms of audio lines and juxtapositioning. Where each audio line would be the diegetic sound for one screen, it would also function and perfectly fit as a voice over for the other screens. Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Arts 2017 Tropical Fish in the North Sea is an interactive documentary film installation that questions the intertwinement of fiction and reality in the medium of truth; the documentary film. The spatial setup and headphones with switchable audio channels give one a hint of the power of editing. One gets transported to the lives of people from Generation Y, who flounder with ‘finding a passion’, ‘success’ and the ‘paradox of choice’. Their lives often seem to have a certain unbearable lightness that contains no clear narrative; all is fragmented. Present-day reality already has a parallel media existence, creating friction between real and fake. TFitNS plays with the fictional within the real and vice versa, both in the medium itself as in its subject: the performativity of my generation. Sponsored by: Indy Video Silentdisco.com
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Tropical Fish in the North Sea

Tropical Fish in the North Sea 5 channel video installation Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Arts 2017 Tropical Fish in the North Sea is an interactive documentary film installation that questions the intertwinement of fiction and reality in the medium of truth; the documentary film. The spatial setup and headphones with switchable audio channels give one a hint of the power of editing. One gets transported to the lives of people from Generation Y, who flounder with ‘finding a passion’, ‘success’ and the ‘paradox of choice’. Their lives often seem to have a certain unbearable lightness that contains no clear narrative; all is fragmented. Present-day reality already has a parallel media existence, creating friction between real and fake. TFitNS plays with the fictional within the real and vice versa, both in the medium itself as in its subject: the performativity of my generation. Sponsored by: Indy Video Silentdisco.com    
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Samezijn Zonder te Trouwen

A ‘city symphony’ shot in The Hague, with secretly recorded dialogues.
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Good Times / Bad Times

This cut up Dutch soap opera studies the fixed points to which the camera is located on set. Despite its variety in scenes, the framing and decoupage seem to have a solid structure, that also persists the universe of this show.  This video tests each frame on its specific cinematographic guidelines, like the 180-degree-rule and the over-the-shoulder shot, by flickering different scenes in a mix. Slowing down the frames at first to thoroughly observe, this video’s tail reveals a speedy and disturbing cliffhanger.  
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Pale Passé – work in progress

Research about tanning beds and its division of opinion in society. Laatst liep ik na het boodschappen doen langs een zonnestudio en dacht: “Ach, waarom ook niet.” Twintig minuten kon ik ontsnappen aan de vrieskou. Terwijl ik mij uitkleedde werd ik mij er bewust van hoe ik het probeerde goed te praten in mijn hoofd. Vitamine D is gezond, ik zie er minder moe uit, maar bovenal zal ik meer energie hebben. Toen mijn hoofd uit mijn dikke coltrui gleed las ik de poster op de muur: “Waarom ben je in de zomer nooit ziek?” Inderdaad, dacht ik. Hoe kan iets wat zo goed voelt zo slecht zijn? Waarom is het nog legaal als er uit meerdere onderzoeken blijkt dat het huidkanker veroorzaakt? Waarom staat er nog steeds een zonnebank in het Zuiderbad?  Op mijn vijftiende ging ik voor het eerst onder de zonnebank in het Zuiderbad in Amsterdam. Deze staat er overigens nog steeds. Een zonnebank, toegankelijk voor iedereen, in een publiek zwembad van de gemeente Amsterdam. Ik vond het geweldig. 
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CD van jou CD van mij

A cognitive dissonance experiment where we constantly pingpong the cognitive dissonance from ourselves, to our fellow students and to our teacher.
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Hello Everyone

Thousands of girls share their beauty ‘secrets’ on the Internet. It seems very personal; they tell a lot about themselves and often have lots of followers. The message seems to be that you can always improve yourself, as long as you try hard enough. This video is a poetic translation of the video form of my generation: the vlog.
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