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Thinking Documentary Film

 

 

 

Documentary films appeal to philosophical thinking in a particularly challenging way for they do not constitute artworks in a traditional sense, that is, as constructions entirely created by an artist subject. Rather, they combine a specific claim for truthfulness and for adequacy with the artistic intervention of the filmmaker. Therefore, documentary films are, by their very constitution, an expression of the “quarrel between poetry and philosophy”, the former being associated with art, invention, subjectivity and the senses, the latter being related to the search for truth, as described by Plato (see LaRocca, 2017). The inherent tension caused by the coexistence of those conflicting moments is sometimes concealed (as in many mainstream productions), sometimes emphasized and productively transformed into a tool for critique (as in many subversive artistic productions). In any case, they incite us to reflect on the complex relations between objective facts and their subjective mediation and to problematize the production of (ethical, political and truth) values through media, while concomitantly confronting us with the problem of finding an adequate artistic form for disclosing a truth content of empirical reality. This working group aims at investigating how documentary formats produce, contest, subvert and question political, epistemological and aesthetic values on multifold levels. 

 

Members (IFILNOVA)

Stefanie Baumann, Ph.D (coordinator)

Patrícia Castello-Branco, Ph.D

Maile Colbert, Ph.D student in artistic studies (FCT Research fellow)

Vittorio Lubrano, Ph.D student in philosophy

Dima Mohammed, Ph.D

Susana Mouzinho, Ph.D student in artistic studies (FCT Research fellow)

Susana Nascimento Duarte, Ph.D

Liliana Rosa, Ph.D

Bartholomew Ryan, Ph.D

Giovanni Tusa, Ph.D

Susana Viegas, Ph.D

 

External members​

Gaëlle Boucand, artist/ filmmaker​/ producer

Nuno Lisboa, director of DocsKingdom

Sara Magno, Ph.D student in cultural studies at Lisbon Consortium (FCT Research fellow)

Emily Wardill, artist

 

Working Sessions

March 27 2019, 15-17h         Reality, what reality? On divergent concepts of the real in so-called documentary films 

 

May 5 2019, 11h-14h             Critiques of immediacy: reflexivity, constellational filmmaking and politics

Readings: Trinh T. Min-Ha. 1990. “Documentary Is/Not a Name”, in October, 52: 76-98. doi: 10.2307/778886.

Theodor W. Adorno 1984 (1958). “The Essay as Form” trans. Bob Hullot-Kentor; Frederic Will in ​New German Critique, 32: 151-171. 

Film: Trinh T. Min-Ha, The Forth Dimension (2001)

 

June 5 2019, 17h-20h:          Critiques of immediacy: reflexivity, constellational filmmaking and politics II

Readings: Trinh T. Min-Ha. 1990. “Documentary Is/Not a Name”, in October, 52: 76-98. doi: 10.2307/778886.

Theodor W. Adorno 1984 (1958). “The Essay as Form” trans. Bob Hullot-Kentor; Frederic Will in ​New German Critique, 32: 151-171. 

Films: Trinh T. Min-Ha, Reassamblage (1984)

Jodie Mack, Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is (2012)

Laura Huertas Millán, La Liberdad (2017)

 

June 19, 2019, 17h-20h          Positions: anthropomorphizing and other stances towards the non-human            

Reading: Scott Macdonald. 2016 “Ruminating on the Ideologies of Nature Film” in The Philosophy of Documentary Film. Image, Sound, Fiction, Truth, ed. David LaRocca, 175-191. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books.

Film: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, Leviathan (2012)

 

Sept. 23 2019, 11h-14h           Nonhumanist ethics. Criticizing participatory documentary

Reading:  Pooja Rangan, 2017. Immediations. The humanitarian Impulse in Documentary. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Film: to be announced 

Events

All Events

"On The Clock: Christian Marclay and the End of Cinematic Time".

A talk by Tom Huhn

September 30, 2019

7ª sessão do Seminário Permanente em Cinema e Filosofia

André Silva Santos apresenta Moses und Aron (Straub-Huillet, 1975) e…

July 23, 2019

1st International Conference on Cinema, Philosophy and Children’s World

Co-organized by Ifilnova | CineLab - Laboratory of Cinema &…

July 09, 2019

1st Film Program on Lives in Transition: Exodus | Migrations | Exile

Co-organized by CineLab - Laboratory of Cinema & Philosophy, EPLab…

July 08, 2019

6ª sessão do Seminário Permanente em Cinema e Filosofia

Bruno Marques apresenta "Género e voyeurismo desmontado: quem olha para…

June 25, 2019

5ª sessão do Seminário Permanente em Cinema e Filosofia

Paulo José Miranda apresenta “O Chafariz das Virtudes ou O…

May 28, 2019

4ª sessão do Seminário Permanente em Cinema e Filosofia

Sérgio Dias Branco apresenta “Os Lugares da Esperança”

April 10, 2019

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 7

with Judith Barry and Giovanni Tusa

March 27, 2019

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 6

with Jean-Gabriel Périot and Alain Brossat

February 28, 2019

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 5

with Albert Serra and Alexander Garcia Düttmann

February 21, 2019

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 4

with Emily Wardill and Michael Marder

December 17, 2018

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 3

with Maria Augusta Ramos and Patricia Mourão

September 10, 2018

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 2

with Alberto Toscano and Simon Thompson

July 10, 2018

Problematising reality - encounters between art, cinema and philosophy 1

with Renee Green and Ute Holl

June 01, 2018

Institutions

IFILNOVA
FCSH
UNL
FCT