Sense and sensuousness at OFF Welcome talk to OFF with artistic profile guest Peter Albrechtsen


Sense and sensuousness at OFF
Other | Tuesday d. 25. Aug. 2020 | Farvergården 7, Odense C | Price: 20 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Elena Stanciu

Location: Kulturmaskinen
Organizer: Odense International Film Festival

This year’s theme at Odense International Film Festival is “Sensuousness” and the theme is officially introduced and addressed in this talk with the festival’s artistic profile guest - internationally acclaimed sound designer Peter Albrechtsen. During the festival week, Peter Albrechtsen will meet several other notable figures whose work crosses over the notion of sensuousness in film - take a break here and mark your calendar for all talks and film screenings that address this theme, all listed under “Artistic Profile” in the festival programme.

Well done - welcome back! 

The theme is momentous and timely; the world today grows strange and increasingly prescriptive of the many ways we know to be human and to interact with each other. Distance and physical barriers can hinder our most crucial connection with the world and one another - the input to our senses can be regulated to a stricter degree than we can immediately tolerate. This is why, as Peter Albrechtsen himself observes, appealing to senses in artistic productions is a way to facilitate a feeling of the world that can be free from “language or logic.” 

Someone once said: “Good film music is the one you don’t notice.” For a long time I didn’t know what to feel about this, torn between agreeing that music should elevate the story in a wholesome, cohesive way, on the one side, and on the other, actually noticing a lot of very cool scores that weren’t necessarily bad because I had noticed them. Or at least it didn't feel like a fair evaluation process. But this is a false dilemma; the more valid concern should be with what we mean when we say “notice” - is that a cerebral, rational type of recognition, or rather a subtle, sensorial response, which moves us still, even when we can’t really use “language or logic” to explain it? You’re probably guessing which way I’m prone to incline, but don’t listen to me; go hear the experts on the matter and get a sense of it yourself!

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Written by Elena Stanciu

Elena has an MA in American Studies from SDU, and currently works as Features Editor for arts and culture publication PETRIe. She is interested in visual culture and contemporary art, design an...