Jeff Silva

Jeff Silva
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

10/09/2018 - 08/02/2019


Arts et études des arts

Fonction d’origine

Artiste vidéaste

Institution d’origine

- (États-Unis)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Trembling Lacunas: An Immersive Ethnography of the Fragile Rhizome of the Mediterranean Sea

Trembling Lacunas is artistic research project aimed to shed light on unfilled gaps in the understanding and illuminate the sensory aspects of life, labor and the socio-political issues at play in the Mediterranean. As an filmmaker/ artist i’m inspired by how sound and the moving image can convey embodied, corporeal experience whilst carrying humanistic narratives that spectators can identify with. Using the latest technologues in 360 degree VR video along with conventional video methods, I envision a series of immersive ethnographic portraits guided by rhizomic principles of systemic multiplicity and interconnectedness.


Jeff Silva is an artist, filmmaker, teacher and film programmer from Boston. Jeff works across medias, genres, and forms but his work shares a close kinship with traditions of experimental film and new modes of ethnographic documentary, exploring the quotidian and geographic aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. His work is often focused on themes of displacement and fragility, humanistically documenting populations, individuals, systems and ecologies at risk. His most recently completed projects include Linefork (2017), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, BAFICI, Visions du Réel, Valdivia, and Flahertiana. A long-time affiliate of the SEL (Sensory Ethnography Lab) at Harvard University, Jeff was heavily involved in developing the curriculum and methodology of the program at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder and director Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Jeff has also been programming documentary and experimental cinema for nearly two decades. In 2000, he co-founded BALAGAN, an the offbeat and alternative micro-cinema screening series in Boston that continues to present marginalized films to the community.