Visual Culture Films
August 28, 2013 8:24 PM Subscribe
I need suggestions for movies to show in a series I'm curating. The series is associated with a Visual Studies program, and so I'm seeking films that relate to visual culture or non-cinematic modes of representation in some meaningful way. In other words, the theme of the series is intermediality.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to media & arts (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to have a huge list of such films in my brain at all times, but I do not, and I want to be over-prepared before the series planning begins in earnest.
To restate, I want films that can be discussed as making some kind of critical intervention in visual culture themselves, above and beyond portraying some facet of the visual arts or of visual communication. This is the ideal, anyway. For example, I am probably going to use Exit Through the Gift Shop, since it troubles conventions of documentary representation, but also challenges the ways value is produced in the art economy. This, in contrast with a biopic of an artist, like Pollack, which more simply portrays the art scene and a moment in art, without grappling with problems or paradigms of visual culture in some way.
I am also thinking about a night of scientifically-themed cartoons and shorts, since animation and other types of specialized film are able to present scientific concepts and content in uniquely accessible and informative ways. Jean Painleve, Powers of Ten by the Eamesesses... some experimental animation perhaps.
Some half formed ideas: films dealing with surveillance culture, archives or scrapbooking, advertising, broadcast, online cultures, sculpture or other physical visual arts, authenticity, representation, realism, science and forensics...
Non-documentaries would be especially valued, since I can only seem to think of docs, but all suggestions are appreciated!!