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‘Framing Pictures’ – A lecture given by Stephen Jacobs [Documentary Real symposium 2010 ]





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Stephen Jacobs


Documentary Real symposium – Ghent, Belgium, October 21st, 2010

…..the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in?




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April 27, 2011 Posted by | documentary, film [its techniques] | Leave a comment