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- DescriptionContemporary engagements with documentary are multifaceted and complex, reaching across disciplines to explore the intersections of politics and aesthetics, representation and reality, truth and illusion. Discarding the old tions of fly on the wall immediacy or quasi-scientific aspirations to objectivity, critics w understand documentary t as the neutral picturing of reality but as a way of coming to terms with reality through images and narrative. This book collects writings by artists, filmmakers, art historians, poets, literary critics, anthropologists, theorists, and others, to investigate one of the most vital areas of cultural practice: documentary. Their investigations take many forms -- essays, personal memoirs, interviews, poetry. Contemporary art turned away from the medium and toward the world, using photography and the moving image to take up global perspectives. Documentary filmmakers, meanwhile, began to work in the gallery context. The contributors consider the hybridization of art and film, and the documentary turn of contemporary art. They discuss digital techlogy and the crisis of faith caused by manipulation and generation of images, and the fading of the progressive social mandate that has historically characterized documentary. They consider invisible data and visible evidence; problems of archiving; and surveillance and biometric control, forms of documentation that call for informatic opacity as a means of evasion. ContributorsAriella Azoulay, Zach Blas, Christa Blumlinger, Stella Bruzzi, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Kris Fallon, Evgenia Gianuri, Ben Lerner, SylveIre Lotringer, Antonia Majaca, Sohrab Mohebbi, Volker Pantenburg, Veireina Paravel, Christopher Pinney, Ben Rivers, and Eyal Sivan Copublished with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin
- Author BiographyErika Balsom is a Lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King's College London and the author of Exhibition Cinema in Contemporary Art. Hila Peleg is a curator and filmmaker based in Berlin and the founder and artistic director of the Berlin Documentary Forum.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/03/2016
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note40 b&w illus.
- Weight454 g
- Width140 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byErika Balsom,Hila Peleg
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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