The Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is a film not driven by traditional narrative, but is instead a representative chain of handpicked scenes from the canon of the historical events that defined the cultural memory of the RAF (Red Army Faction). This creates an interesting result, in which story and plot become one and the same thing, a narrative that is pure representation. The film’s circumnavigation of the interpretation of the RAF, through the choice of a style that creates a ‘self-sufficient’ reading of history, can be seen as a strategy of contemporary ideology as described by Slavoj Zizek. Zizek suggests that “Postmodernism directly rewrites myth itself by filling in the gaps”. That means that the subjective, fantastic creation of narrative is thwarted, foreclosing any deeper understanding in favour of the “correct” narrative. My presentation will look at how the film fills in these gaps, and what effect this has on the understanding of the film.
Time – 5.30pm, place – as always in G34, Arts One. See you all there!