Asian Video Cultures Conference

Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global
Brown University
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
October 24-26, 2013 

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Asian Video Cultures is an international and interdisciplinary conference exploring the multiple, often overlooked, itineraries of video across Asia: from art establishments to illicit circuits, from political movements to pop-cultural emergences. Presenters examine questions of form and platform, aspiration and participation, legality and legitimacy by focusing on “small” formats and social media, urban practices and rural publics, media collectives and pornography, immigrant life and right-wing politics. The collaborative project of this conference is a shift in the epistemology of video by interrogating forms, institutions, and practices that exist in the penumbra of the global – grey zones that are marginalized in standard accounts as illegible, out-of-sync, even outright illegal.

Extending existing notions of Asia, the conference seeks out comparisons and convergences that exceed routine boundaries and imaginations. It wagers that “inter-Asia,” as a material and analytic frame, reveals significant and overlapping social, economic, and political experience - from postcolonial and postsocialist contexts to shared encounters with urban transformation, export economies, neoliberal structures like the WTO, the proliferation of media, and struggles over national and regional identities. Within this framework, video emerges as an integral force articulating, shaping, and circulating residual and emergent inter-Asian configurations.

The three-day event includes screenings, panel presentations, and discussions.

This event is made possible by the Generous support of: Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies; Creative Arts Council; Office of International Affairs; Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women; The Brown India Initiative; Cogut Center for the Humanities; Department of Modern Culture and Media