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The Acoustics of the Archipelagic Imagination in Southeast Asian artists' film

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Philippa Lovatt - Speaker

"There is no such thing as Documentary" Conference, NTU

The Acoustics of the Archipelagic Imagination in Southeast Asian artists' film

How do we conceptualize films in relation? As we seek to trace the connections and affinities we see, hear, and feel across a regional cinema, what kinds of alternative cartographies (affective, aesthetic, cultural, or industrial) emerge? How do we think through and with the aesthetic practices of artists and filmmakers in a way that enables us to avoid both re-inscribing arbitrary lines across territories and disavowing the specific historic and lived conditions of the nation? Drawing from Trinh T. Minh-ha’s writing on the acoustic experience of diaspora and Édouard Glissant on the poetics of relation, this talk will focus on Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s Everyday’s the Seventies (2018) and Shireen Seno’s Nervous Translation (2017), and will reflect on how we might consider regionality through the acoustic, affective, and emotional cartographies depicted in these works, both of which explore experiences of migration in and out of the region during the 1970s and 1980s.
26 Feb 2021

External organisation (External Organisation)

NameNTU CCA Singapore
CountrySingapore

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