Ella Raidel

Filmmaking as Artistic Research

Saturday, 5th June 2021
11:15-12:15 CET


The freedom of searching the unsearchable in the process of filmmaking as artistic research allows combining different disciplines, such as philosophy, cultural studies, urban studies and film studies to enhance each other’s range of knowledge production. In her ongoing art-based research project, Ella Raidel investigates China’s urban spaces in and through cinema.

The subject investigated is how global capitalism is affecting and haunting the living conditions of our time. In exploring the line between documentary and fiction, Ella Raidel develops a method of performative documentary to create a discursive space in which facts, analyses, commentaries and references can be woven into one narrative. This research is not only to scrutinize the social reality and to render the social discourse, but also to reflect on the convention of filmmaking and its representations. Her new film A PILE OF GHOSTS on Chinese Ghost cities will be released in 2021 and will be subject of this talk.

Ella‘s film DOUBLE HAPPINESS can be watched by participants in the Entrance Hall from May 27 through June 6.

Short Vita

Ella Raidel, PhD, is a filmmaker, artist and researcher. In her interdisciplinary works – films, videos, research and discourses – she focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of globalization, urbanization and the representation of images. Her practice is to create a discursive space for filmmaking, art and research. She has participated in international biennials, exhibitions, conferences, and presented at numerous International film festivals, among those IFFR Rotterdam, CPH: DOX Copenhagen, Hot Docs Canada, and Chicago International Film Festival. Ella Raidel has been living in Taiwan for more than 15 years; since 2019, she is Asst. Professor at NTU Singapore in a joint appointment between ADM School of Art, Design and Media and WKWSCI School of Communication and Information.


  • A PILE OF GHOSTS, Experimental Hybrid Film, 67 min (2021), distributed by Sixpackfilm – not yet released
  • DOUBLE HAPPINESS, Documentary-Musical, 75 min (2014), distributed by Sixpackfilm.
  • SUBVERSES – China in Mozambique, Experimental Documentary, 45 min (2011), distributed by Sixpackfilm



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