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Testifying for the Invisible: Documentary Poetics of Estrangement (2019)

Susanna Helke, Alejandro Pedregal

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This exposition is a semi-dialogical inquiry into the potential of the methods and poetics of estrangement in documentary and political cinema, where we focus on the representation of the “neoliberal condition” in present-day society. We reflect on and rethink ideas that stem from various theories and strategies of emancipatory practices in cinema and literature. Here we acknowledge the tensions between conventions in for example social documentary, political cinema, and different conceptions of realism versus the idea of estrangement as an artistic strategy. The struggle to emancipate spectatorship and readership from the passivity and uncritical temptations promoted by the spectacles of the hegemonic culture industries has been a central concern in theoretical debates and artistic praxis that involves estrangement as a technique. How do Jacques Rancière’s notions on emancipation and radical equality challenge Brechtian ideas and methods of estrangement? How could the lineages of Third Cinema and testimonial literature help to rethink these matters today? What are actually the relevant means of estrangement in contemporary documentary art and literature?

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Expositionen är en semi-dialogisk undersökning kring potentialer för förfrämligandets metoder och poetik inom dokumentär och politisk film, där vi fokuserar på samtida representationer av det ”nyliberala tillståndet”. Vi reflekterar kring och omvandlar idéer som kommer från olika teorier och strategier för emancipatoriska praktiker inom film och litteratur. Här lyfter vi fram de spänningar som finns mellan olika konventioner i exempelvis social dokumentärfilm, politisk film och olika föreställningar kring realism kontra idén om förfrämligande som konstnärlig strategi. Kampen för att emancipera åskådaren från den passivitet och de okritiska frestelser som underblåses av den hegemoniska kulturindustrins skådespel har varit en central angelägenhet i olika teoretiska debatter och konstnärlig praktik som involverar förfrämligande som teknik. Hur utmanar Jacques Rancières tankar kring emancipation och radikal jämlikhet Brechtianska idéer och tekniker av förfrämligande? Vilka är egentligen de relevanta medlen för förfrämligande inom samtida dokumentärkonst?
typeresearch exposition
keywordsestrangment, emancipation, documentary film, social documentary, political film, poetics of ruptures, testimonio, Third Cinema
date17/01/2019
published23/09/2019
last modified23/09/2019
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationAalto University
copyrightSusanna Helke, Alejandro Pedregal
licenseCC BY-NC-ND
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/556738/556739
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/vis.556738
published inVIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
portal issue2. VIS Issue 2


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