Filmic Representations of Activist Praxes
In "Difference and Repetition" Gilles Deleuze develops the radical substitution of the intertwined concepts of identity and representation with the pair of terms difference and repetition. However, this has unfortunately not been entirely successful in practice. This issue focuses on examining filmic representations of activist praxes against the background of the Deleuzian proposal. How do various approaches (from the principle of "counterinformation" to the criticism of representation to complex attempts to process difference) deal with the problem of representing constituent power in film and video (and the respectively concomitant theories)? What are the different political objectives of these different strategies? What are possible positions from within to outside the movement and what are their respective implications? What are appropriate filmic means for not counteracting the differences of "multitude" through filmic unification? How can the double meaning of representation ("depict", "stand for") be subverted in film and video? Can a politics of representation be instrumentalized for non-representationist aims?
Maurizio Lazzarato: Struggle, Event, Media; Angela Melitopoulos: Before the Representation; Vrddth Vhner: What does political film-making mean?; Michaela Pvschl: "… beyond the limitations of the rectangular frame"; Oliver Ressler: Protesting Capitalist Globalization; Hito Steyerl: Documentarism as Politics of Truth; Thomas Tode: Filmic Counter-Information
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