The Film Comment Podcast: 

New York Film Festival 2018 Projections

with Nicolas Rapold, Nellie Killian and Becca Voelcker 

by Becca Voelcker 
on August 23, 2018

The Film Comment Podcast: 

Locarno 2018

with Nicolas Rapold, Jordan Cronk and Becca Voelcker 

August 8th 2018

Index magazine - Harvard Art Museums,
Harvard University

March 20th 2018

"Living Rooms:
Another Year (dir. Shengze Zhu, China, 2016) and 
Communion (dir. Anna Zamecka, Poland, 2016)"

by Becca Voelcker

for Yamagata International Documentary 
Film Festival 2017, Japan

British Film Institute 

188 international critics and curators choose 
the five new releases that made the biggest impression on them in 2017. 

by Becca Voelcker

British Film Institute
March 2018

BFI Sight & Sound magazine

Ana Mendieta 
by Becca Voelcker

British Film Institute
December 2017

Program curated by Becca Voelcker and Haden Guest

Harvard Film Archive 
February 2nd 2017

'Eduardo Williams' The Human Surge,'  Film - Comment
Jan-Feb 2017 

Curating Film

Kazuhiro Soda Oyster Factory (2015)

I am currently working on an independent curatorial project, gathering contemporary non-fiction Japanese films that explore senses of place and everyday life. The project aims to offer audiences outside Japan a programme of films that give insight and insound into how it might feel to live in Japan today. How it might feel, senses of place, everyday life… these terms are interpreted broadly in attempt to recognise that everybody senses place differently (every human, animal, vegetable, and mineral). Listening to the diverse voices that make up place, the project attends to topics including pollution, urbanisation and regeneration, immigrant labour, ageing, animal life, and home.

With thanks to The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, Haden Guest at Harvard Film Archive, Koyo Yamashita at Film Forum (Tokyo), Asako Fujioka, and many others.

For more information please email me.


radio broadcast

available to listen to online here: framework radio


sound composition
recorded and edited by Becca Voelcker

stereo, 18 minutes

with thanks to
Bliss, Koko and Andre Uhl
Ernst Karel, Andrew Littlejohn
and the sonic ethnography class

Sensory Ethnography Lab
Harvard University


available to listen to online here: framework radio

Island (2015) 
premiered at Whitstable Biennale
review in Aesthetica

talk 発表

Anthro-film Laboratory 20

Filming The Everyday: 
Poetics of Observation and Sense of Place in Artist, 
Experimental and Ethnographic Cinema.

Speaker : Becca Voelcker

Date & Time: June 27th, 16:00 –, 2016

Venue: National Museum of Ethnology,
4th Floor, Eizo Jikken Shitsu
(Visual Experiment Laboratory), 
Senri Expo-Park 10-1, Suita, Osaka
565-8511 Japan

reservation is required by 2 days before the seminar

会場: 国立民族学博物館4階 映像実験室
〒565-8511 大阪市吹田市千里万博公園10-1


Watching a film can be like traveling to another place. We smell and feel the film’s sights and sounds, learning about other cultures and perspectives. Unbound from conventional plot or narrative, experimental non-fiction film enjoys freedom in conveying everyday life and sense of place. It can be made by anthropologists, artists, poets, and by you or me— as well as by trained filmmakers. Given the current global context of economic, political and environmental migration, places and identities are changing every day. Shifting patterns of landscape, language, labour and memory mean that attending to issues of place (and displacement) is vital for preserving peace, promoting intercultural understanding, and protecting the environment. This talk looks at ways I have engaged with filmmaking and sense of place through scholarly, artistic and curatorial approaches. It asks what exactly might be meant by ‘sense of place,’ and why should it be held in such high regard in art, anthropology and film studies. Drawing from examples from around the world, including films made at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, this talk will attempt to identify some common threads that weave diverse filmmaking practices together. It will also draw from Japanese examples and discuss a curatorial project I am currently developing about Japanese nonfiction film and sense of place. The talk will be in English but please feel free to comment and ask questions in Japanese.

Island (2015) 
premiered at Whitstable Biennale
review in Art Review

'The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers: A Politics of Representation,' 
[Ben Rivers and Artangel]

King's Review, University of Cambridge
May 2016

'Memory and Reconstruction: Japanese photography 
and architecture in two exhibitions,' New York
Ocula, April 2016

Artists’ Short Film Programme

Saturday 4th June - Sunday 12th June

H4, Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable, Kent, England

This programme of short films runs three times every day during the festival. 
The programme starts at 10:00, 12:40 and 15:20.