‘Bottled Songs’ is an ongoing media project depicting strategies for making sense of online terrorist propaganda. Filmmakers and media researchers Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee compose letters addressed to each other, narrating their encounters with videos originating from the terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIS). They use a desktop documentary approach to trace and record their investigations playing directly upon their computer screens.
Chloé Galibert-Laîné is a French researcher and filmmaker. She is currently preparing a research-creation PhD at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. Her work takes different forms (texts, films, video installations and live performances) and explores the intersections between cinema and online media. Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, media artist, and critic. He has produced over 360 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning ‘Transformers: The Premake’ (2014) introduced the ‘desktop documentary’ format. He was 2017 Artist in Residence of the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. In 2019 he produced ‘Learning Farocki’. In 2020 he co-curated the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist with Will DiGravio and Cydnii Wilde Harris.