Laura Kraning’s moving image work navigates landscape as a repository for memory, cultural mythology, and the technological sublime. Exploring absence and the fluidity of time, she evokes liminal spaces of neither past, nor present, but a landscape of the imagination. Laura’s work has screened widely at international film festivals and venues, such as MoMA's Doc Fortnight, the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde and Projections, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, REDCAT Theater, and Los Angeles Filmforum, among others. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation John H. Johnson Film Award, the Leon Speakers Award and Jury Awards at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Film House Award at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, the 2018 Jury Award for Short Film at the Rencontres Internationales Sciences et Cinémas and a 2019 NYSCA/Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund Grant. Laura currently resides in New York, where she teaches in the Department of Media Study at University of Buffalo.
"It is axiomatic that landscapes reflect their historical moment. But it may also be true that visions of the outer world are attempts to understand an inner world. In Kraning’s hands, we must immediately diffuse the polarity between inner and outer, however, and recognize that what’s at stake now, in a world characterized by catastrophic ecological crises, is our own entanglement with the world. Where landscape painting of eras past presented an object to be viewed by a curious and possibly awestruck subject, the immersive experiences produced by Kraning blur the boundaries among landscape and technology, between human and nonhuman. We are invited to reimagine these relationships, and to experience the body through sound and image as coterminous with the world. These are not portraits of landscapes to watch; instead they are experiments in perceptual attunement that invite a reconsideration of our relationship to an often mysterious and intriguing world." - Holly Willis
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