In 2018, filmmaker Jules Rosskam and choreographer Cori Olinghouse formed a long-term research collaboration, Practices for Slow Encounters, as a way to braid together a constellation of mutual practices that take up notions of embodiment, cultural memory, and representation. Drawing from the fields of experimental documentary, performance, technology, oral history, and archiving, they carry out discrete experiments in a series of encounters.

“How do we look with the body, not at the body?” Through our evolving social practice called Practices for Slow Encounters, we apply deep listening, somatics and phenomenological approaches to expand what’s possible and legible in our respective fields of documentary filmmaking, performance, and archiving.

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Outputs of our work may include an exhibition, video essays, a workshop, and living curriculum.


I am arguing for politics and epistemologies of location, positioning, and situating, where partiality and not universality is the condition of being heard to make rational knowledge claims. These are claims on people’s lives. I am arguing for the view from a body, always a complex, contradictory, structuring, and structured body, versus the view from above, from nowhere, from simplicity.
— Haraway, Donna. “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective,” Feminist Studies, vol. 14, no. 3 (Autumn, 1988).

What we’re currently reading…

The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses, Laura U. Marks
Willful Subjects, Sara Ahmed
Queer Phenomenology, Sara Ahmed
No Archive Will Restore You, Julietta Singh
The Tactile Eye: Touch and the Cinematic Experience, Jennifer M. Barker
Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture, Vivian Sobchack
Shimmering Images: Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change, Eliza Steinbock
the transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, Micha Cårdenas
”Queer Form: Aesthetics, Race, and the Violences of the Social,” Kadji Amin, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Roy Pérez


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studio experiments

over time this website will become a repository for our studio experiments, whereby we share what we’ve learned (and failures and successes) in an open-source and transparent way.