Clio Nicastro received her PhD in Aesthetics and Theory of Arts from the University of Palermo and has been a visiting student in the Institute of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she has worked on Aby Warburg (forthcoming with Aesthetica Preprint). After her MPhil in Philosophy at the University of Palermo she gained a Level II Master’s degree in Sociology at Roma Tre University. In 2015 she moved to Berlin as a DAAD postdoctoral fellow (Research Grant for Young Academics and Scientists). She has presented papers at several international conferences, including at La semaine Rancière at the University of Calabria and the International Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society.

She has been part of the editorial board of the film studies journal Fata Morgana. Quadrimestrale di cinema e visioni since 2010 and has contributed articles on Michael Haneke, Agnès Varda, Ingmar Bergman, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. She also collaborates with the online journal Filmidee.

Sensing the Other:
Empathic Temporality in Aby Warburg and Donna Haraway

ICI Project 2016-18

Today, showing empathy takes pride of place among social duties, all the more so due to the direct, simultaneous, and nonstop contact with stories and experiences of distant events and people promised by new media. This favoriting of empathy puts a focus on the fusional relation between subject and object, often without taking into account the distance and conflict implicit in sensing the other. On the other hand, the empathically experienced rhythm/time of another can convery that not all people exist in the same now and that sharing an affective temporality is the result of the hard work of demontage and decontextualization.

Filmmakers such as Harun Farocki and Philipp Scheffner offer challenging and emblematic cinematic devices to explore other kinds of empathic relations with the spectator, focusing on an erratic temporality that avoids frantic actions and takes position against the idea of a unique, adequate image to represent reality. Analyzing these cinematic approaches that question the opposition of empathic closeness and reflective distance points out the risky yet crucial practice of dismantling and redefining the borders between subject and object.

Harun Farocki: The Invisible World of Work

ICI Affiliate Project 2015-16

The project is a theoretical investigation of ‘labour’ as a subject in Harun Farocki’s texts and filmography. It consists of a detailed analysis of one of his last projects (with frequent collaborator Antje Ehmann) Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit / Labour in a single shot, but will also include Italian translations of selected texts by Farocki addressing this subject. This research will be compiled and published with a critical introduction presenting the main aspects of Farocki’s interest in the function of labour in today’s society.

In addition, Clio Nicastro intends to research the notion of ‘distance’ understood as a methodological approach, which has been a recurrent subject in all of her research, but once applied to a selection of Farocki’s works, will reveal his use of the ‘long shot’ and what he termed soft montage to be of both technical and symbolic significance.