Film Theory, Subject and Community: How Does Film Theory Relate to the Idea of Community Building?


In my paper I will discuss the relation between film theory, subject and the idea of community building. I will give a detailed understanding of how both theoretical perspectives in film studies as well as artistic practice of film making try to rethink new ways of possibility of being together. I will argue that the final approach of contemporary political film studies is to rebuild the concept of subject and community building that was either deconstructed, mistaken or wrongly rejected by the Modern and Postmodern theorists. In my studies I will not only rethink the possible political and philosophical approach to new theoretical studies of film from the perspective of subject and forms of community but also show how the history of film theory (or art theory in general) should be rewritten in such manner. For my methodology I will be using a combination of concepts coined by contemporary philosophers that question historical divisions of Modern/Postmodern, High Art/Popular Art, Reality/Fiction, etc. My approach is mainly inspired by the works of Jacques Ranciere, Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Lacan and Alain Badiou. All of them offered new theoretical approaches to study culture and although not all of them focused their work on Art, Film or Aesthetics, their works can be easily transferred into other academic fields, helping to understand how Art (Film) theories expresses political concerns about the notion of subject and community.

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Jakub Morawski, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Conference: FilmAsia2014
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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