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David Martin-Jones Lecture | Transnational Histories on Film: the Nonhuman Archiving of Time in a World of Cinemas

August 26, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Transnational Histories on Film: the Nonhuman Archiving of Time in a World of Cinemas
Lecture followed by Q&A
26 August 2015, Wednesday 12:30-1:45pm
EG02 Lecture Theatre
UNSW Art & Design
Corner of Oxford St and Greens Rd
Paddington NSW 2021 

FREE ENTRY, RSVP Essential niea@unsw.edu.au

This presentation draws on Professor Martin-Jones’ current research into how a world of cinemas is negotiating world history in a number of different ways. As one example, it analyses a recent trend of films which has engaged, with examples from very different parts of the world, that explores the nonhuman history of our ecosystem. These films about the – as it were – Earth’s memory, relativize humanity’s existence on the planet in relation to those of animals (living and extinct), plants, rocks, (mythological) monsters, spirits, ghosts, and so on. The two films discussed in this paper, indicative of this trend, are both from 2010: Uncle Boonmee who can Recall his Past Lives (by Weerasethakul Apichatpong), and Nostalgia de la Luz (by Patricio Guzmán), although many such others could be mentioned. What is at stake in analysing how these films depict this nonhuman history is an understanding of how the cinematic archiving of a nonhuman memory relates to the  environments onscreen. The theorists assembled to grapple with this question are Gilles Deleuze, Enrique Dussel and Michel Serres.

David Martin-Jones is Professor of Film Studies, University of Glasgow, UK. His specialism is film-philosophy, and his research engages with world cinemas. He is the author of several books, including most recently Deleuze and World Cinemas (2011), and has published in numerous journals including Cinema JournalScreen and Third Text. He is co-editor of various anthologies and special editions of journals, along with the Bloomsbury monograph series Thinking Cinema and the online research resource deleuzecinema.com.

This lecture is a CCAP (Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics) event, part of the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW.