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The Open Invitation. Activist Video, Mexico, and the Politics of Affect

Freya Schiwy, University of California, Riverside

October 9, 2019 · 12:00 pm-1:20 pm · 216 Aaron Burr

Program in Latin American Studies

While earlier revolutionary filmmaking and more recent video activism share an interest in vesting the audiovisual medium from its predominant social, economic, and ideological inscriptions, they tend to incite different effective and political reactions. “The Open Invitation” seeks to account for a shift in leftist cinematic style and affect, a shift from rage at injustice toward optimism in the face of defeat. Taking the 2006 Oaxaca Commune and the unprecedented coalition among unions, indigenous organizations, anarchists, feminists, independent and community film and video makers, and others as its point of departure, this talk reflects on how activist video invites its viewers to feel and act and how this relation between cinematic image, affect, and the profilmic might be explained politically.

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

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