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Accepted Paper:

Complexity and hybridity in moving pictures as a challenge for Visual Anthropology  
Vanessa Marlog (Munich University)

Paper short abstract:


Paper long abstract:

When we see pictures like those from the Neda-video, we do not ask whether they are "true", but whether they touch us and give an idea of what reality is like. The importance of the narrative potential of pictures and their political expression is growing. Boundaries between politics, science and entertainment are fluent. Filmmaking itself is challenged by a strange phenomenon: It has to be authentic and to set itself apart from the masses of documents. By using the most recent of cinematographic innovations, by telling a spectacular story or by being art. Cinema seems to be finding a new liberty in genres. Fictional elements and digital media are used to document realities and experiences. Working with specific film examples like "Waltz with Bashir", I will highlight the hybridity in filmmaking with which we have to deal today, and discuss its relevance for Visual Anthropology.

Panel W049
Crisis and imag(e)ination: visual studies in and about crisis
  Session 1