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Film, Recycling and Intervention: Technologies and Transnational Mediascapes - DELC Research Seminar
Date: 8 December 2010 Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 16
DELC Research Seminar
David Wood (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
'Film, Recycling and Intervention: Technologies and Transnational Mediascapes'
Focusing on a small selection of experimental audiovisual productions made in or connected with Mexico over the last decade, this paper will analyse the mediating role of analogue and digital media technologies in shaping and reflecting on subjectivities and cultural imaginaries. It will consider the ways in which filmic practices such as the rescue, recycling and recontextualisation of found footage, and digital invention and intervention, place subjectivity at the heart of an emerging set of audiovisual discourses that express both the cultural productivity and the economic and symbolic inequalities of the 21st century global/media economy. A Visible Border (Alex Rivera, 2003) critiques the culture of surveillance at the physical space of the Mexico/Guatemala border, while Los rollos perdidos de Pancho Villa (Gregorio Rocha, 2003) and Exotic Nippon (Bruno Varela, 2008) reflect on the analogue image as a marker of nostalgia and cultural othering. Finally, Transmigraciones (Juan Carlos de la Parra, 2004) and Tracking Memory (Amanda Gutiérrez, 2008) use diverse animation techniques, interspersed with naturalistic representational formats, to express the complex flows between subjective experience and broader processes of global human and audiovisual interconnection.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures
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