Following the success of our first training day for new journals editors on 17 May (with Susan Hayward, who has edited Studies in French Cinema for ten years, as guest speaker), we held two more events on 23 and 26 July. Below you can find links to the slides of the presentations and some of audio recordings of the talks.
Special Issue on “From Diasporic Cinemas to Sinophone Cinemas”
Guest Editors: Audrey Yue and Olivia Khoo
From the critical and popular acclaim of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) to the Asian Australian success of Tony Ayres’s The Home Song Stories (2007), diasporic Chinese cinemas have created new filmic sites and visual practices that engage the complex relations between the constructs of ‘China’, ‘Chinese’ and ‘Chineseness’. While the notion of diaspora has broadened these concepts to new areas and new objects of inquiry, Chineseness remains largely a question of ethnicity, bound to nationality.
This special issue, edited by Audrey Yue and Olivia Khoo, focuses on the new cinemas emanating from the Sinophone network, and is scheduled for publication in early 2012. The editors of the special issue now invite abstract submissions of 250-300 words on any of the following aspects...
Mark Browning was a Senior Lecturer in Education but now is an independent scholar based in Germany. David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker? (2007) remains relevant, especially with Mr Cronenberg due to release his debut novel in the coming year. Stephen King on the Big Screen (2009) will soon be followed by a companion piece, the accurately-named Stephen King on the Small Screen (due for 2011), both through Intellect. David Fincher: Films that Scar (2010) has just been published and studies on Wes Anderson and Danny Boyle will be released next year.
Top 10 Films
This changes day to day and hour-to-hour but as of right now...
Held back from exhibition on terrestrial TV for many years, Bad Timing is still quite a shocking piece of work. Theresa Russell has never looked sultrier, Nic Roeg’s editing is rarely so subtle and Harvey Keitel’s wink directly at the camera- these all repay repeat viewings.
Love him or loathe him (or loathe him a lot), Wes Anderson shows here many of the trademark elements of his work that viewers have come to love or hate. Before he discovered the depth of Bill Murray’s acting talent, Bottle Rocket set out a different view of dysfunctional America, launched the career of Owen Wilson and the cult hero that is Kumar Pullana.
Out of Sight
The chemistry between Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, the blend of screwball dialogue with Tarantino-style casual brutality or Scott Frank’s script, arguably the best of the Elmore Leonard adaptations- what’s not to like?
Far from perfect but with more artistic endeavour in its soundtrack alone than most other films in their entirety. Kubrick drives his cast mad and along the way coaxes from Nicholson one of his most memorable performances. What happened to the hedge creatures.
The Thing (1982)
As a special effects driven sci-fi/horror, this is very powerful nearly 30 years later with plenty to say about human identity, the creation of claustrophobic settings and one of Carpenter’s best self-composed soundtracks.
A genuine seismic event in modern cinema, Hitchcock’s blend of action with pop psychology has produced many imitations, but remains unsurpassed, From the editing of the shower scene, speeded-up violins and all, where far less is shown than audiences “remember”, to the suggestive wit of the script, it is a cinephile‘s dream. A boy’s best friend really is his mother.
Probably the closest that film has come to capturing JG Ballard’s notion of psychopathology, some awesomely glacial acting from Deborah Kara Ungar and by
way of Deleuze, some definitive expressions of sadism, masochism and jouissance.
Although it is over 30 years old now, there has been little to surpass this expression of monstrosity, blending HR Giger’s bio-mechanical set design with the most kick-ass heroine of modern cinema.
Fritz Lang’s view of future urban living has not been bettered. Before the self-aware Terminators, before the beauty of multi-racial Blade Runner, there was Lang’s politics and poetry of a future which seems to have already arrived. Experience the recently-revised fuller version, preferably with an orchestra.
A History of Violence
Viggo Mortensen’s carefully-modulated performance, especially the shift in the final act, the stairway scene (closely parallelling the one in Bad Timing) and great supporting performances from Ed Harris and William Hurt, all combine to create one of Cronenberg’s best.
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The Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first peer-reviewed publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It is published twice a year in print by Intellect Books in collaboration with the University of the Arts London. MIRAJ offers a widely distributed international forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks.
The editors invite contributions from art historians and critics, film and media scholars, curators, and, not least, practitioners. We seek pieces that offer theories of the present moment but also writings that propose historical re-readings...
Intellect was very pleased to take part in the inaugural Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) annual conference, held in Sydney earlier this month.
PopCAANZ is the Australasian regional branch of the Popular Culture Association and they hosted a vibrant and international event with many distinguished speakers and much lively debate – the food wasn’t bad either!
The conference was held in the Vibe Hotel just next to Hyde Park in downtown Sydney, a great location and in walking distance to the historic Circular Quay and the magnificent Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Many of the 150 delegates delivered papers and the level of research on display was of a high standard. Some of the papers that caught my attention included:
Pamela Church Gibson’s (London College of Fashion) ‘George, Brad, David Beckham and Tom Ford: A Single Man, Celebrity Culture and the Complexities of Contemporary Cinema’; Noel McLaughlin’s (Northumbria University) ‘“Bono! Do you ever take those sunglasses off? Clothing, masculinity and the contradictory significations of the performing Irish body”’; Amit Gupta’s (United States Air Force Air War College) ‘The Globalization of Sports, the Rise of Non-Western Nations, and the Impact on International Sports’ and ‘Zombies, Mobsters and Teaching: Zombies and zombiedom in popular culture and the academy’ by Chris Moore, Ruth Walker and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong).
The conference allowed us to catch up with some existing collaborators and make a number of new contacts who we are looking forward to working with in the future. Intellect would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the event for making it such a great conference – see you next year.
The poster-maker, the pamphleteer and the tagger aim to sway the popular heart and mind through visual public interventions. As new technologies rise; turning the public sphere into a transparent, ubiquitous communications medium and a global marketplace; is the privileged status of the poster doomed or are we seeing it transformed as part of a new wave of visual rhetoric? When the environment starts to become responsive to our very presence and aware of our individual nature what is the role of the 'traditional poster' delivering a classical rhetorical message? This journal aims to lead the debate.
The Poster is a forum for the study of visual rhetoric in the public sphere; a place to discuss how and why visual messages are thrust into the world and the media forms used to do so. This peer-reviewed journal stands as a vehicle for the ideas of media theorists; scholars of Cultural Studies and Cultural Materialism; for social psychologists of visual communication, for architects and designers of wayfinding schemes; for philosophers of Aesthetics and Politics, Society and Linguistics; for social scientists, anthropologists and ethnographers; for political campaigners and artist activists; for communications researchers and visual communications practitioners.
The Poster is Intellect’s third landscape format Visual Arts journal and it includes numerous images and colour plates which lend the subject matter vibrancy and impact. The inaugural issue contains articles including Clive Dilnot’s ‘Being prescient concerning Obama, or notes on the politics of configuration’ and Mofizur Rhaman’s ‘Body of the other: Constructing gender identity in anti-acid violence campaign materials in Bangladesh. The journal also includes reviews of recent publications and exhibitions.
Issue 1.1 now available to download for FREE from our website
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On 1–2 July, a conference was held at the Centre for the Study of Migration, Queen Mary, University of London, to celebrate the launch of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. Intellect was very pleased to attend and hear fascinating papers in a wide range of subjects, such as medicine, film studies and anthropology, reflecting the journal’s thoroughly interdisciplinary nature. As well as academic papers, the conference included a poetry fest featuring the Exiled Writers Ink, exemplifying the journal’s mission ‘to establish a forum for much needed dialogue between the academy and practioners of culture’. Many thanks to Editors Parvati Nair and Omar García-Obregón for organising such an impressive and varied event!
Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture situates itself at the interface of Migration Studies and Cultural Studies. The terminology and key concepts in use in discourses on migration have yet to be sufficiently theorized or understood from theoretical perspectives linked to cultural studies, although migration is intrinsically linked to questions of culture. The course of cultures at both local and global levels is crucially affected by migratory movements. In turn, culture itself is turned migrant.
This journal’s scope is global, with a predominant focus on migration and culture from the latter half of the twentieth century to the present-day. Apart from the inclusion of refereed articles, Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture also includes a section of reviews of films, music, photography, exhibitions or books on migration-related topics, interviews with cultural practitioners who focus on migration-related topics, and oral histories of migrant cultural experiences.
In addition to numerous features and a lively reviews section, the inaugural issue includes articles ‘Cinematic representations of diaspora: Italians and Jews’, ‘Moving from silence in to speech: Palestinian refugee women speak about their lives’ and Noel B. Salazar’s ‘Towards an anthropology of cultural mobilities’.
The first 3 articles are available for FREE online
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