Online Conference|There is no such thing as “documentary”Feb 26, 2021 - Feb 27, 2021 16:00 - 19:00

  • About the Conference

    26 Feb 2021, Fri 16:00 – 19:00

    27 Feb 2021, Sat 13:30 – 19:00

    This weekend, Rockbund Art Museum is delighted to participate in “There is no such thing as documentary, a four-part conference co-organised by Dr Erika Balsom, Prof Ute Meta Bauer, Dr Marc Glöde, and Dr Ella Raidel. This conference brings together scholars and practitioners across filmic, anthropological and curatorial disciplines, addressing notions of multivocality, performativity, and truth in fiction, through Trinh’s practice as a filmmaker and theorist.

    As Trinh wrote in her essay “Documentary Is/Not a Name” published in October journal in 1990: “There is no such thing as documentary…The words will not ring true.” Both a response and homage to this provocation, and at once a close but also an opening, the conference extends multiple threads of inquiry beyond the ontological frames presented in Trinh’s films, to further explore the theoretical parallels and proximities between arrangement and composition, territorialisation and deterritorisalisation, that underscore Trinh’s cinematic works.

    Bringing other notable filmic works into the discourse kindled by Trinh’s statement, the conference also traces the contours of how film as a medium has shapeshifted and evolved in recent years, remembering and picturing instances in which the distinctions between documentary and cinema, fact and fiction, continue to blur in and out of sight.
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  • Conference Schedule

    Friday, 26 February 2021
    16:00 – 19:00

    SESSION 1:
    Speaking Nearby

    Chaired by Dr Erika Balsom (Canada/United Kingdom), Reader, Film Studies, King’s College London (KCL)

    16:00 – 16:10  Introduction

    16:10 – 16:25  Welcome address by Prof Ute Meta Bauer

    16:25 – 17:15  Keynote Lecture: Is there still no such thing as documentary? by Dr Erika Balsom

    17:15 – 17:45  Break

    17:45 – 18:15  Presentation: What about Foreigners? Or, How Far Away is Nearby? Notes about Harmony, Trinh T. Minh-ha’s What About China? and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Chung Kuo, Cina by Prof Chris Berry (United Kingdom), Professor, Film Studies, KCL

    18:15 – 18:45  Presentation: ‘About’ theory. About. by Dr Nicolas Helm-Grovas (Spain/United Kingdom), Lecturer, Film Studies, Education, KCL

    18:45 – 19:00  Response by Dr Daniel Mann (Israel/United Kingdom), Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, KCL

    Saturday, 27 February 2021
    13:30 – 19:00pm

    SESSION 2:
    Filmic Interferences

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    Free admission, reservation is required.

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    26 Feb 2021, Fri 16:00 – 19:00
    27 Feb 2021, Sat 13:30 – 19:00


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