Reports from Amsterdam

Pat Aufderheide, of the Center for Social Media, Washington, writes from the Amsterdam Documentary Festival: “Slow food”-like documentary cinema (one on Cuba) European doc filmmakers emulate the U.S. fair use model Turning found footage into film–including award-winning film about Guantanamo Advertisements

Angela Martin

Angela Martin has been a film and video editor of mostly documentary material, a tutor and course leader for the BA in Film and Media Production at Sheffield Hallam University, and, prior to that, a commissioning editor at BFI Publications, as well as a contributor to books and journals on film. She is now enjoying … Continue reading

Michael Nyman

Saturday 29 January 7.30 pm Screening and discussion: NYman with a Movie Camera, (Michael Nyman, 2010, 64mns) In a new work called NYman With A Movie Camera, Michael Nyman  has conducted a really interesting experiment by taking the music he wrote a few years ago for Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera, and employing it … Continue reading

Geopolitical Considerations and the Location of Cultural Memories

Geopolitical Considerations and the Location of Cultural Memories Sharon Lin Tay This presentation will explore cosmo-politics as an approach for new digital documentary forms. As much as we need to historicise the material, social, cultural, political, aesthetic, and ideological dimensions of culture, a cosmopolitan approach as articulated by Kwame Anthony Appiah also spatialises discourse about … Continue reading

Beyond the Quick Brown Fox

Beyond the Quick Brown Fox: Singapore Pangram Jesvin Yeo Looking at the intersection of language, painting, installation, design, and the performative, Jesvin Yeo discusses the ways in which her Singapore Pangram illustrates the cultural and linguistic specificities of Singapore.  Her artistic practice looks at the forbidden and the pushed aside, such as Singlish, pidgin Singaporean … Continue reading

When disciplines collide

When disciplines collide: Objects, Imaginations, Narratives Michael Tan Penetrating beyond the banal percept of flip-flops, Michael collaborated with sociologist Caroline Knowles to navigate through China and Ethiopia to animate the life-worlds that have been downplayed by the economics of matter. This project proposes a different way of seeing and thinking about everyday objects. It also … Continue reading

Open Space Documentary

Towards a Theory and Practice of Open Space Documentary Nikki Draper and Patricia Zimmermann This presentation on the theory of Open Space explores consider new forms of documentary practice within digitality. The paper will discuss, as an example, Open Space‘s collaboration with the Syndicate Collective, an audio-visual super-collective of VJs and DJs based in Singapore.  … Continue reading

Bright Lights and Soft Shadows

Bright Lights and Soft Shadows: ethical practices of artifice and authenticity in the use of field recordings in a documentary art context Angus Carlyle My paper will focus on an ongoing research project which centres on a farm that is surrounded on all four immediate sides by the complex of Narita International Airport, Japan. The … Continue reading

The Oxidation of the Documentary

The Oxidation of the Documentary – on the films of Wang Bing Manuel Ramos   The work of the filmmaker Wang Bing gives us the chance to re-think the grounds from where to relate documentary cinema and the political. In this paper I explore the singular (dis)articulation of social function and aesthetics in films such … Continue reading

Redefining Documentary

Redefining Documentary: Jakobson’s Paradigm Charlotte Govaert     While literary theorists have long abandoned the idea of defining their art with ontological, epistemological or teleological finality, documentary theorists are still struggling to provide a statement that describes the nature of their study object. This paper aims to contribute to the debate regarding the problematic of … Continue reading