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 aut... Read more →

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 aspira... Read more →

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 softe... Read more →

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... Read more →

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 a... Read more →

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... Read more →