Rockbund Art Museum 上海外滩美术馆

There is no such thing as “documentary” “纪录片”并不存在

Event Information

Date: 26 February 2021 27 February 2021
Time: 08:00 11:00
Venue: Online
Language: English


日期: 2021年 2月 26日 27 February 2021
时间: 08:00 11:00
场馆: 线上
语言: 英文

About the Event 关于活动

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.

In session 4: Reverberations—Spatialising the Temporal, the Sonic, and the Pictorial, the Director of Rocbund Art Museum, Larys Frogier, will unfold multiple relations to in/visibility, opacity, sound/silence, time, displacement and locality. Rather than identifying Trinh as a filmmaker, theoretician, poet, musician, Frogier suggests that it is worthwhile to return to a simple question: how do the textures that surface through image, text and sound making in Trinh’s work make us come alive as people, institutions, and political subjects? How about considering poetry, music, cinema, and theory not only as artistic, intellectual or academic disciplines, but as fundamental acts of life? It further explores the possibilities of curating Trinh’s work as an art institution, sometimes in extremely challenging ideological contexts, in order to develop a vision that, instead of a display or programme, has more to do with the subtle but deep distillation of soul, intuition, and movement.

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2021年2月26日(周五) 16:00 – 19:00

2021年2月27日(周六) 13:30 – 19:00

本周末,上海外滩美术馆很高兴参与由Dr Erika Balsom, Prof Ute Meta Bauer, Dr Marc Glöde, Dr Ella Raidel共同组织的线上会议“‘纪录片’并不存在”。本次会议汇集了跨电影、人类学和策展学科的学者及践行者,基于郑明河作为电影制片人与理论家的实践,探讨多话语性、表演性以及虚构中的真实。



在讲座的第四部分“回响——空间化时间,声音与图像”,上海外滩美术馆馆长拉瑞斯·弗洛乔(Larys Frogier)将展开讨论如不可见与可见,不透明,声音与无声,时间,移动以及地域等多种关系。相较于将郑明河定义为电影制片人、理论家、诗人、音乐家,拉瑞斯认为更重要的是回归一个简单的问题:郑明河作品中的图像、文字和声音拥有何种质感,能够令个人和机构产生共鸣,激发对政治议题的讨论?是否能够不再仅将诗歌、音乐、电影和理论视为艺术、知识或学术学科,而是一种生活中的普通行为?以此进一步探索身为艺术机构策划郑明河作品的不同可能,发展一种更尊重直觉和行为的幽微而深刻的方式,而不是传统地展示和呈现作品。


Conference Schedule 会议日程

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

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

Filmic Interferences

Chaired by Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), Assistant Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

13:30 – 14:00 Welcome

14:00 – 14:15 Introduction by Dr Marc Glöde

14:15 – 14:45 Presentation: Framing the Frame by Tan Pin Pin (Singapore), film director

14:45 – 15:15 Presentation: Stories and Histories by Nguyễn Trinh Thi (Vietnam), artist and filmmaker

15:15 – 15:30 Response by Dr David Teh (Australia/Singapore), Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, NUS

15:30 – 15:45 Break

Performing the Documents

Chaired by Dr Ella Raidel (Austria/Singapore), Assistant Professor, NTU ADM and WKWSCI

15:45 – 16:00 Introduction by Dr Ella Raidel

16:00 – 16:30 Presentation: The Acoustics of the Archipelagic Imagination in Southeast Asian Artists’ Film, Dr Philippa Lovatt (Scotland), Lecturer, Film Studies, and Co-Director, Centre for Screen Cultures, University of St Andrews

16:30 – 17:00 Presentation: Performative Documentary Practices from The Epistemological South by Rosalia Namsai Engchuan (Germany/Thailand), anthropologist and filmmaker

17:00 – 17:15 Response by Silke Schmickl (Germany/Hong Kong), Curator

17:15 – 17:30 Break

Reverberations—Spatialising the Temporal, the Sonic, and the Pictorial

Chaired by Prof Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Professor, NTU ADM and Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore

17:30 – 17:45 Introduction by Prof Ute Meta Bauer

17:45 – 18:15 Presentation: Textures by Larys Frogier (France/China), Director, Rockbund Art Museum

18:15 – 18:45 Presentation: Loops and Entries: Performing Film in Exhibition Formats by Iris Dressler (Germany), Co-director, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

18:45 – 19:00 Response by Dr Karin Oen (United States/Singapore), Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore

For full information about the conference and speaker’s presentations, please visit

Presented in collaboration with King’s College London

Supported by Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

16:00 – 19:00


由英国伦敦国王学院电影研究读者Dr Erika Balsom (加拿大/英国)主持

16:00 – 16:10 前言

16:10 – 16:25 欢迎致辞——Ute Meta Bauer教授

16:10 – 16:25 Keynote讲座:纪录片并不存在——Erika Balsom

17:15 – 17:45 休息

17:45 – 18:15 讲座:何谈外国人?多远是邻近?关于和谐的笔记,郑明河的《那中国呢?》与米开朗基罗·安东尼奥里的《中国》——英国伦敦国王学院电影研究系教授Chris Berry(英国)

18:15 – 18:45 讲座:‘关于’理论。关于。——英国伦敦国王学院电影研究系讲者Nicolas Helm-Grovas (西班牙/英国)

18:45 – 19:00 英国伦敦国王学院勒沃胡姆早期职业研究员Daniel Mann(以色列/英国)回应

13:30 – 19:00


由新加坡南洋理工大学艺术学院,设计和媒体系副教Marc Glöde(德国/新加坡)主持

13:30 – 14:00 欢迎致辞

14:00 – 14:15 前言——Marc Glöde

14:15 – 14:45 讲座:构造框架 ——电影导演陈彬彬(新加坡)

14:45 – 15:15 讲座:故事与历史—— 艺术家,电影制片人Nguyễn Trinh Thi(越南)

15:15 – 15:30 回应 —— 新加坡南洋理工大学英语文学系副教授 David Teh(澳大利亚/新加坡)

15:30 – 15:45 休息


由新加坡南洋理工大学设计与媒体和黄金辉信息与传媒学院副教授Ella Raidel (奥地利/新加坡)主持

15:45 – 16:00 前言—— Ella Raidel

16:00 – 16:30 讲座:东南亚艺术家电影中群岛想象的声学——苏格兰圣安德鲁斯大学荧屏文化中心联合主管,电影研究讲者,Philippa Lovatt (苏格兰)

16:30 – 17:00 讲座:自认识论南方的表演纪实实践——人类学家和电影制片人Rosalia Namsai Engchuan(德国/泰国)

17:00 – 17:15 回应 —— 策展人Silke Schmickl(德国/香港)

17:15 – 17:30 休息


由新加坡南洋理工大学当代艺术中心和设计与媒体学院联合主管兼教授Ute Meta Bauer (德国/新加坡)主持

17:30 – 17:45 前言 —— Ute Meta Bauer教授

17:30 – 17:45 讲座:质感 —— 上海外滩美术馆馆长 Larys Frogier(法国/中国)

18:15 – 18:45 讲座:闭环和入口:展览形式中的表演性影像——德国斯图加特符腾堡美术馆联合馆长 Iris Dressler (德国)

18:45 – 19:00 回应 ——新加坡南洋理工大学当代艺术中心策展项目代理主管 Karin Oen (美国/新加坡)




Trinh T. Minh-ha: Traveling in the Dark 郑明河:暗游