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Disappearing Worlds Reloaded: a proposition to collaborate on Geopoetic films of the “terrestrial”. 
Convenors:
Blake P Kendall (HKMW)
Pavel Borecký (University of Bern)
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Format:
Panel Discussion
Start time:
23 March, 2021 at 14:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
1

Short Abstract:

In this panel we explore the promise of geopoetics in the realm of visual anthropology and subsequently aim to instigate the formation of a new collaboration / creative collective. How do we create geopoetic films today?

Long Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic invigorated the “bordering regimes” present in Europe with a renewed intensity. What the momentum exposed in glaring light, was a vision of the world in which political borders are mobilised as “immune systems” (Roberto Esposito), that keep biologically and culturally “contagious bodies” at bay, and whereby the nation states gradually drift towards “new nationalism”, promising the protection of public health and the physical survival of the nation (Agamben). These politicised narratives of “movement”, the precarity of systemic collapse, and the concerns of these material threats to life, are the contextualising catalysts, to which we respond.

In this panel we explore the promise of geopoetics in the realm of visual anthropology and subsequently aim to instigate the formation of a new collaboration / creative collective. How do we create geopoetic films today?

Firstly, by aligning ourselves with the project of making the planet a truly meaningful scale, we subscribe to Latourian response to the outdated global/local modus and the nation state as the mediator between the two. Working consciously towards the “immediate realm” of the “terrestrial” (Latour - Back to Earth 2017). By doing so, we want to find routes and thematic connections between field sites on a global scale. We invite researchers and practitioners from all disciplines and diverse backgrounds, to prefigure the creative response to Global Crisis through “terrestrial vision-making”.

This panel is the invitation to collaborate and form creative collectives. We reflect on the significance of the Disappearing World series, and ask if terrestrial narratives of scale, and webs of ethnographically rooted connection were to be re-visited? We believe in the significance of interdisciplinary “contamination” of ideas and practice and we want to treat this panel as the meeting place. With both research findings and aspirations, within the panel we wish to explore and wrestle with the symbiotic entanglements of the terrestrial: life and life as an extension of non-life. How do we make films of the terrestrial? And how do we do it together?

We invite you to join us in vision making.

Episode 1 : Ingkenteme (Following in the Footsteps)

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