Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Performance and Performativity Research Group, Opening lecture: Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Professor of Media Studies and Gender Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Affective Political Work on the Document: Yael Bartana’s Polish Trilogy
Queer Cinema is situated beyond the cinematic regime, experimenting with new aesthetics and forms of queer subjectification, as well as pushing to dissolve genres and media dispositifs. At its best it succeeds in what Deleuze, at the end of the 1980s, asked of film in times of digital and electronic imaging: to generate a new form of resistance, and to counter television’s system of surveillance and control. Engaging with Yael Bartana’s Polish trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned (2007-2011), Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky will exemplify how aesthetics, politics and technology come together in queer post-cinema. Yael Bartana’s work revolves around the ambivalent and traumatic history of the state of Israel, of Zionism and diaspora. Bartana, as will be explicated in the talk, pursues an aesthetic approach that can be described as affective political work on the document.
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