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This Is Not Reality (Ceci n'est pas la réalité): Capturing the Imagination of the People

This Is Not Reality (Ceci n'est pas la réalité): Capturing the Imagination of the People - Creativity, the Chinese Subaltern, and Documentary Storytelling

How has documentary (re)presented subaltern creativity? Focusing on post-socialist, globalising China, I examine documentary narratives by and about the creative subaltern originating from Chinese “cool cities” and expanding in the virtual space of global digital media. In these narratives, the creative subaltern has appeared obliquely, tangential to other narratives, subordinate to internationally recognised artists, or with a more central role, as the author or the protagonist of documentary films.

I analyse these narratives' entanglement with elitist definitions of creativity, the representation of subaltern reality, the expression of subjectivity, and the tension between the political and the personal.

Professor Paola Voci specializes in Chinese visual cultures, and, in particular, documentary, animation, and other hybrid digital and postdigital video practices. She is the author of China on Video, a book that analyses and theorises light movies made for and viewed on computer and mobile screens, and co-editor of Screening China's Soft Power, an investigation on the role played by film and media in shaping China's global image. Her current research projects focus on activist sinology's digital storytelling and on animateur practices' contribution to the archaeology and ontology of the moving image.

Co-hosted by Media, Film and Communication and Languages and Cultures.

Date Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Time 10:00am - 11:00am
Audience All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Departmental Seminar
Campus Dunedin
Department Media, Film and Communication, Languages and Cultures
Location Seminar Room 8, Central Library (second floor), Dunedin
Cost Free
Contact Name Dr Anne Begg
Contact Phone +64 3 470 3421
Contact Email
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