Slow Seminar no. 40

Cinema of the Anthropocene: Using documentary film to think sideways beyond the human

2018.01.31 | Mia Korsbæk

Date Mon 12 Feb
Time 17:00 20:00
Location Jens Christian Schous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C (1451, 518).

Our next Slow seminar will take place February 12 from 17.00-20.00 (if you need to leave before the end, it is ok) at Jens Christian Schous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C (1451, 518). Please note that we are at the room next to our usual room at this seminar.

The seminar will be a joint seminar with University of California, Santa Cruz from where Isabelle Carbonell, with Topiary Landberg will be presenting the theme:

Cinema​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Anthropocene:​ ​Using​ ​documentary​ ​film​ ​to​ ​think​ ​sideways beyond​ ​the​ ​human

​In​ ​asking​ ​how​ ​the​ ​anthropocene​ ​has​ ​been​ ​visualized​ ​and sonified​ ​and​ ​​per​sonified,​ ​what​ ​kinds​ ​of​ ​tropes​ ​arise,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​might​ ​our media methods engage​ ​with​ ​a​ ​different​ ​type​ ​of​ ​representation?​ ​ In order to map out major methodologies, the following​ ​five documentary media​ ​projects​ ​all​ ​fall​ ​under​ ​a​ ​"Cinema​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Anthropocene"​ ​each espousing​ ​different​ ​ecologies​ ​of​ ​noticing​ ​in​ ​an​ ​attempt​ ​to​ ​think-through,​ ​think-at,​ ​and​ ​think-with possible​ ​futures​ ​beyond​ ​the​ ​human.​ How​ ​might​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​film​ ​open​ ​up​ ​a​ ​space​ ​to decenter​ ​the​ ​human,​ ​denaturalize​ ​the​ ​real,​ ​unsettle​ ​and​ ​remake​ ​relations,​ ​provide​ ​multiple speculative​ ​futures,​ ​and​ ​broadly​ ​think​ ​sideways?

Watch first, read second.

 

All materials, except for #4 which needs to be accessed online as it is an interactive web documentary, are available on this shared Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1E6sGaqzuzBOD9aFB_AGJLekT8jfTyOw1

 

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FILMS

 

TRT

PAIRED READING

PAGES

1

The Hermit Crab (Painlevé and Hamon, 1929/1931)

+ Optional: The Seahorse (1934)

 

14min

“Anthropomorphism and Its Vicissitudes” (Cahill, Chapter 4 in Screening Nature)

14pgs

2

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (Lewis, 1988)

 

46min

The Green Documentary, Chapter 3 & 4 (Hughes, 2014). If motivated and interested… read whole book.

74pgs

3

Homo​ ​Sapiens​ ​(Geyrhalter,​ ​2016)

 

94min

 “We Are Dead and We Are Going to Die: Homo Sapiens and the Apocalypse Documentary” (Lebow, 2017) – unpublished - not to be circulated

 

7pgs

4

The​ ​Shore​ ​Line​ ​(Miller,​ ​2017) 

 

no set time

“The Shore Line and the Practice of Slow Resilience” in Frames Cinema Journal (Miller, 2018)

7pgs

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