Talk:Cinema of dispersion:China’s iGeneration moving image culture in the digital eraJun 13, 2014 Friday 19:00 - 21:00
- 2F Y.W.C.A Building (133 Yuanmingyuan Road, Shanghai)
- Tianqi Yu
This talk will present some observations on how digital technologies have transformed the moving image culture in the context of China’s increasingly individualizing, consumption-oriented, urban, and technologically mutable ‘post-WTO’ society. Whereas ‘cinema’ once referred to production for, and experience of, the communal screen, moving image culture in China, as in elsewhere, is no longer dominated by the technology and allure of the big screen. Digital image-making technologies, social media, and portable media player platforms have contributed to the creation of China’s ‘iGeneration cinema’, or cinema of dispersion, a notion which challenges the conventional understanding of ‘cinema’, and reconceptualise cinema as a cinematic culture in the digital era in China and elsewhere. It will discuss new modes of citizen filmmaking as socio-political participation, such as the amateur DV documentary and digital activism, as well as self-directed consuming habits through mutable personalized screens.
 It is a notion coined in the newly published volume China’s iGeneration: cinema and moving image culture for the 21st century, which I co-edited with Matthew D. Johnson, Keith B. Wargner, and Luke Vulpiani.
About The Speaker
Tianqi Yu is a filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of Nottingham, Ningbo China. She received an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, the University of Westminster, London. Her research focuses on documentary and amateur cinema culture, cinema, art and memory, Chinese and East Asian screen culture. Yu is the co-editor of China's iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century (Bloomsbury, May 2014). Her articles have been appeared on Chinese Independent Cinema, Studies in Documentary Film, and included in the edited volume of Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web (Bloomsbury, 2014). Yu is completing her monograph ‘My’ Self On Camera (Edinburgh University Press). Her film works include Photographing Shenzhen (2007, Discovery), Memory of Home (2009, collected by DSLCollection), and she is working on her new documentary China’s van Gogh (2015). During her stay in the UK, Yu organized Polyphonic China - the first Chinese independent documentary public screening event in Britain, and programmed ‘Contemporary Chinese Film’ at Cinéphilia West, Notting Hill Gate London.
Free admission, reservation is required.