The next meeting of Post Production will take place next week on Tuesday 26th November at 5.30pm in the Francis Bancroft building (Room 1.02.5).
We will be introducing a panel of PhD and post-doctoral researchers who will present short introductions to their projects in order to allow a discussion of the exciting new research going on in the Film Studies department. Details regarding panelists and projects below.
Ros Murray – Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Carole Roussopoulos and the Rise of Feminist Video Collectives in 1970s France
This project explores the relationship between video technologies and feminist theory and activism in 1970s France. Portable video technologies arrived in France at the same time as second-wave feminism; the project interrogates the relationship between means and message, asking how do activist videos both represent and actively create, in radically innovative ways, new forms of embodied feminist politics specific to the social issues and contexts they explored? And how did they resist appropriation, at the time, by the institutions they sought to reject? Engaging with debates on materiality in film studies and considering the history of feminist distribution networks in France the project will also examine the politics of the archive and the changing relationship between feminist politics and the institution.
Graiwoot (Tay) Chulphongsathorn – PhD student
Provisional title – “The Potential of the Forest as a Non-Anthropocentric Space in Contemporary Art Cinema”.
In this project, which is based on Giorgio Agamben’s theory of archaeology, I will explore (1) the extent that the filmic forest in the work of particular contemporary art filmmakers disclose, or actively construct, a non-anthropocentric space and (2) the relationship between nature, filmic machine, the human and the nonhuman in such space.
Calvin Fagan – PhD student
Entitled “Digital Media and the Contemporary War Film: Virtuality, Embodiment, Immersion”, Calvin Fagan’s thesis explores the relationship between military applications of digital imaging technologies and the post-9/11 war film. Focussing in particular on UAVs/drones and networked, CG training simulations, the project examines how they have been cinematically represented in films such as Omer Fast’s 5,000 Feet is the Best and Harun Farocki’s Serious Games, as well as considering the wider relationship between such apparently virtualising technologies and the parallel cinematic trends toward embodied, immersive, and subjective/experiential portraits of warfare.
Hopefully see you all there!