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Introduction: The ring of the true in contemporary media

by Ilona Hongisto, Toni Pape, and Alanna Thain The editorial process for this special section began before the term ‘post-truth’ was picked up and circulated widely in the summer and autumn of 2016 to address the increasing irrelevance of fact-based politics in the wake of new populisms. Since post-truth is the proverbial elephant in the […]

Sweeping changes in Eastern Europe: The documentary frame in Gerd Kroske’s ‘Kehraus’ trilogy (1990-2006)

by Ilona Hongisto This essay is motivated by a desire to enliven established notions of documentary cinema. In part a response to the genre’s ever-expanding field of operations, the aspiration stems above all from the observation that the indexical and the representational are not enough to account for the work of documentary cinema in the […]

Cute, small, and deadly — a symposium

A symposium on aesthetics and political forms, Friday, 3 March 2017, 13.30h, NYU-Prague We live in strange times. Isis, an international terrorist organization, uses kitten pictures to soften its public image. A right wing ideologue rises to the U.S. presidency via Twitter, a media platform that miniaturizes public speech and thrives on one liners. Meanwhile, […]

The Berkeley Conference on Precarious Aesthetics

In spite of technological advances striving for greater clarity and resolution, visuals that counteract such perfection may never have been more appreciated. This conference will explore the delineation of precarious aesthetics to understand the operational logics of precarious mediation. It will be hosted from 15-17 October 2015 by the Berkeley Center for New Media in […]

Poetics and politics of the trace: Notes on surveillance practices through Harun Farocki’s work

by Miriam De Rosa Found footage and archive images, split-screen or a multiplication of the image on screen, a replacement of the original soundtrack with commentary, a detached voice-over alternating long/silent sequences, an explanatory use of info-graphics and tracking technologies. These elements feature in Harun Farocki’s work on surveillance – work ranging from documentary films […]

A counter-response to Hollis Griffin on ‘Policing the people’

I am very grateful to Hollis Griffin for his courteous, thought-provoking, and sustained response to my article ‘Policing the people’ and my reference to his essay in particular. Griffin’s response continues and extends the concerns which animate both of our essays in specific ways. My counter-response will be structured along two main points: academics/disciplinarity; the […]