Samstag, 10. Dezember 2016, 10:15 - 14:15 iCal

Figurationen von Solidarität

Bewegungen des Politischen im minoritären Kino

Jura-Soyfer-Saal, Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft
Hofburg - Battyanystiege 26, 1010 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 08. Dezember 2016, 14:30 - 18:15

Freitag, 09. Dezember 2016, 09:30 - 18:00

Suspending identity and avoiding standstill, figuration assembles elements of upheaval and transformation, socially and medially cast. As an “unstable phenomenal presence” (Philippe Dubois), figuration expropriates the contoured figure from itself, confronts gestures of inclusion with motions of release, and lays the foundation for constellations of collectivity. Figural expression and the medium of film are inherently connected. Their practices as well as their pictorial materiality create temporal relations that “our usual perception” (Gilles Deleuze) proves unable to grasp. Rigorously blurring boundaries, figuration and film provoke surprising encounters of things unequal. They shatter the relation between inside and outside, proximity and distance, the individual and society, transforming it into something fragmentary and incomplete. Thus, they allow “strangeness, otherness, radical change” (Louis Marin) to emerge. Figurations interweave aesthetics with political and historical contexts. The cinema becomes their stage as the filmic image probes its penchant for revolution.

The “minor” image lodges in these out-of-focus movements of collective utterance, intervention, theft, and re-appropriation. The cinema of “minor” forms and un/veiled resistances collaborates with figuration in a concise fashion. “On the stroll of the stolen life, the life stolen by enlightenment and stolen back,” (Stefano Harney/Fred Moten) this “minor” cinema saw its heyday in the 1960s when it underwent a revolutionary schooling. During that time, the “concept of fighting” was subject to a similar transformation: “The media framework has become the actual, ubiquitous battleground in manifold ways since the 1960s.” (Rey Chow)

Attempting to fathom their historical conditions, the conference will revisit these heterogeneous movements that interweave the aesthetical with the political, and interrogate their potential for future strategies. It will question the stakes of solidarity on and beyond the screen: a venture that has found common ground of transnational relevance in Algeria since the nation’s formal independence in 1962.


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