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Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Michael Goddard guest talk on Radical Minor Cinemas Event

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16:00 - 18:00
1 May 2018
Lecture Theatre B (Room 65/1201) Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF.

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Event details

AMT is co-organizing with the Film Studies department a guest talk by Dr. Michael Goddard (University of Westminster) on Radical ‘Minor’ Cinemas in the 1970s. Goddard’s talk will draw on topics related to his just published book Guerrilla Networks, part of the Recursions series (Amsterdam University Press). Please find more information below, including an abstract of the talk and Dr. Goddard’s bio. The talk takes place in Southampton, at the University of Southampton's Avenue Campus.


Radical ‘Minor’ Cinemas in the 1970s: Alberto Grifi, Chantal Akerman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Emile de Antonio and the ‘Anthropology of Disobedience’

‘Minor cinema’ was a term used independently by both Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to discuss a range of cinematic practices that intervened in different ways in the production of subjectivity, outside of dominant modes of representation. While Guattari applied this especially to films engaged with anti-psychiatry, it was also applicable to a range of radical cinema projects beyond this. This paper will engage with this field of practice in the 1970s by means of a second concept formulated by film and video maker Alberto Grifi, namely the ‘anthropology of disobedience’. This will firstly be examined in his own experimental work, especially the film Anna (1975) and then in examples from the very different filmmakers Akerman, Fassbinder and de Antonio. I will be arguing less for any common style between their works than a shared impulse of producing a minor cinema that combines subjectivity and politics directly, and thereby calls dominant modes of both cinema and power radically into question.

More information about Guerrilla Networks:



Speaker information

Dr Michael N. Goddard,the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, is Reader in Film, Television and Moving Image. He has published widely on Polish and international cinema and audiovisual culture as well as cultural and media theory. He recently published a book, Impossible Cartographies on the cinema of Raúl Ruiz. He has also been doing research on the fringes of popular music focusing on groups such as The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and Laibach and culminating in editing two books on noise, Reverberations and Resonances. His book Guerrilla Networks on urban guerrilla movements and radical media practices in the 1970s has just been published by Amsterdam University Press in the Recursions series. He is currently working on a book on the British post-industrial group Coil, and beginning a new research project on genealogies of immersive media and virtuality.

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