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Poetics and Politics: Documentary Research Symposium

Fri, May 15, 2015, 12:00 am to Sun, May 17, 2015, 12:00 am
Digital Arts Research Center, Room 108 (DARC)

What is the scope of documentary making as a poetic and political form?

Bringing together a wide variety of scholar-makers, this event is an invitation to explore the scope of documentary practices and aesthetics.  

In recent years, post-structuralist, post-colonial, and feminist thought have persuasively destabilized documentary as a fact-based, convention-bound and objective social or scientific practice.  Today, a flourishing documentary culture finds a home in a variety of spaces - the cinema, the gallery, the academy, and embedded in existing and burgeoning forms of social media.  Accordingly, the symposium conceptualizes documentary practice as encompassing multiple media and outcomes and represents a range of fields, including film/video, new media, art practice, media and visual culture studies, visual anthropology and ethnography.  

Our goal is to produce discussion on documentary-making practices and aesthetics, and to foster communities for its continuing critical production and reception.  

The keynote presenter is documentary filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, who has produced a seminal body of work over the previous two decades.  Everson's films explore the ordinary gestures of Black American life with a pronounced sensibility for the everyday.  

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Made possible by Porter College Festival Funding
Co-Sponsored by The Center for Documentary Arts and Research (CDAR)
With support from the Arts Events Office and Film and Digital Media Department