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Symposium: Pluralising Representations


FRAMES of REPRESENTATION (FoR), now in its fourth edition, continues to be a showcase for the cinema of the real, investigating the political and aesthetic approaches at its core. 

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Symposium: Pluralising Representations

  • ICA, The Mall London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom (map)

Symposium: Pluralising Representations

Referencing Walter Mignolo’s concept of ‘border thinking’, this day-long symposium offers a place to discuss peripheral perspectives in film, art and media, and to contribute to what Linda Tuhiwai-Smith calls a ‘re-centering’ of narratives. Through two panel discussions, the event focuses on two central questions:

  • In this contemporary moment of individualism, media sensationalism and disconnection, how can we develop collaborations that take a wider view of the ‘global’ and embrace local specificity? 

  • How can we practice thinking, making and organising from a peripheral perspective; supporting the idea that there are as many realities as there are relations? 

The first panel focuses on reframing collaborative work, considering experimental educational models, modes of activist storytelling and filmmaking projects that work across cultural contexts.

Speakers include Rolando Vázquez, Preti Taneja and Charlotte Gleghorn.

The second panel focuses on reframing interactions with materialities and environments, looking at examples of nature documentaries, virtual environments and video installations that reflect human and non-human interrelations. Speakers include Amy Cutler, Umran Ali and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll. 

The Pluralising Representations Symposium is curated and chaired by Astrid Korporaal, Research and Symposium Curator of FRAMES of REPRESENTATION.