Radical Softness – Artistic methodology of encountering the other

Kristine Samson, Peter Kærgaard, Madeleine Kate McGowan, Lasse Mouritzen

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Abstract

Today’s media landscape is a constant stream of images—of people represented by images, symbols and signs. This article takes its point of departure in proposing that film activism and artivism render another picture. We introduce visuality through Emmanuel Lévinas’s understanding of the “Other”, discussing it in terms of how faciality operates both within the media machines of the nation-state and current affective politics, and as an ethico-aesthetic alternative in film activism. Through a reading of two recent films from the art collectives Other Story and Jamboy, we suggest another vision in terms of how (film) images are produced and by whom, and terms of an aesthetic that does not delimit and categorize the face, but opens it up for an encounter. In a world where migration is a norm rather than an exception, this article explores how artistic practices enable a human encounter with the Other. Hence, this article suggests how film and art activism have the ability to transgress the borderline mentalities and conflictual distancing practice in the current media and politics through a collective practice, and the aesthetics of indeterminacy and polyvocality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPARSE
Volume10
Issue number2019
ISSN2002-0953
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2020

Keywords

  • film documentary
  • film aesthetics
  • Media Activism
  • interface
  • faceiality
  • participatory filmmaking
  • arts-based research
  • migration
  • cultural encounter
  • borders
  • polyvocality

Projects

EA: Evental Urbanism - Affects, Interfaces, Events

Samson, K.

01/09/201531/08/2020

Project: Research

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