Arts Forum | Louis Henderson


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

4th May 2018 12:30pm

End Date

4th May 2018 1:30pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Hunter Street, Hobart

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required - Enquiries: or 62264300

Image credit: Sunstone (2018) Louis Henderson and Filipa César. Courtesy of the artists.

Louis Henderson (b. Norwich, 1983) is a filmmaker who is trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racist capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. The working method is archaeological. With an overarching interest in the essay - both in terms of the possible forms an essay could take (film, text, lecture) and its etymological routing in the French essayer (to try) - Henderson attempts to develop moments of co-learning through workshops and artistic collaborations that culminate in expanded forms of cinema.

Most recently Henderson co-founded a collective of artists from Haiti, France and the UK called The Living and the Dead Ensemble. Focusing on theatre, cinema, poetry, song, slam and rap, the collective first performed a Haitian Kreyol version of Édourard Glissant's Monsieur Toussaint in Port-au-Prince in 2017. Currently they are working on a new film that will take place in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince focusing on Maroon heritages in Haiti.

Henderson has shown his work at places such as; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Doc Lisboa, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, The Contour Biennial, The Kiev Biennial, The Centre Pompidou, The Gene Siskell Film Centre, Gasworks and Tate Britain. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).

In his Art Forum presentation Louis will discuss the use of sound as a stratigraphic layer embedded within the cinematic image as a form of echo, a "spiral retelling" of the past within the present for the future.

Louis is an International Artist in Residence at the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania.

Fridays 12.30 - 1.30pm
Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

School of Creative Arts
Centre for the Arts, Hunter St, Hobart
University of Tasmania