W075
The visual in times of uncertainty: experience lived/experience recorded

Convenors:
Mylene Hengen (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Noemie Oxley (American University of Paris)
Discussant:
Carlo Severi (EHESS, LAS), André Gunthert (EHESS, LHIVIC)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
V306
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel has for aim the exploration of filmic and artistic productions made by actors 'in the field' in times of uncertainty, in respect to violence, war, and revolt. It will examine the dialogical relation between crisis and visual production.

Long abstract:

This panel has for aim the exploration of filmic and artistic productions made by actors 'in the field' in times of social and political turmoil and unrest, specifically in respect to violence, war, and revolt. By exploring the multiple forms of image-making in conditions of unrest, battle, or revolution, we will approach the blurry boundary between spontaneous recording of the field by those implicitly embedded in war and crisis (see, for example, videos produced by American soldiers of and on the battle field in Iraq), and the reflexive and political content of artworks produced by street or contemporary artists in countries in current conditions of unrest or uncertainty- Greece, Lybia, etc. (Protest art, graffiti, etc.). Between the documentation of a reality in the raw, the process of recording oneself 'being-there', 'being affected', and the conscious use of the visual means as a support to political agenda, it will be of interest to examine the use of the camera, film, visual art, photography and other forms of immediate or a posteriori recording/response by those involved in the field. In this way, by including multiple visual 'ethnographies', with varying agendas and potencies, we will place Other forms of representation of war and violence at the center of a discussion on the identification, processing, and negotiation of unrest, approaching the multiple and complex social and intellectual constructions made from one same "reality."