The Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies hosted Romanian Filmaker Laura Iancu on Thursday, Novemeber 4 at 7:00 pm for Leave it Open: a series of loosely autobiographical films that use collage techniques to re-create the volatile and fluctuating spaces of the Romanian everyday. Images of social unrest are intertwined with permaculture gardening and holographic visions. Following the screening there was a live discussion with Iancu and Karl Precoda that unpacked the transatlantic significance of these films.

View the trailer. Laura Iancu is a visual artist working primarily in hybrid video forms and immersive 3D animation and gaming. She is currently teaching film production classes at Virginia Tech in the School of Performing Arts.  Dr. Karl Precoda teaches cinema history and critical theory for the School of Performing Arts and the Department of Sociology.


AMICI (Arts, Music, Ideas, Creativity, Innovation) facilitates transatlantic exchange and collaboration in arts and culture research, particularly relating to the E.U., disseminates findings, and presents programs that illuminate the complex, diverse, and ever-changing identities, colonial histories, and cultures of the societies of the E.U. and their European and global connections. AMICI strives to demonstrate the ways in which exchanges and collaborations in the areas of arts and culture between the E.U. and the U.S. promote positive transatlantic relations and contribute to the promotion of peace, friendship, and justice globally.