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"Unfixed Itineraries: Film and Visual Culture from Arab Worlds"
October 25, 2013 - October 26, 2013 | Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Light Lab, Room 306
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Peter Limbrick, Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC
Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor, History, UC Davis
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Shelby Graham, Director/Curator, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UCSC
Soraya Murray, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC
Irene Lusztig, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC
Neda Atanasoski, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, UCSC
Jennifer Derr, Assistant Professor, History, UCSC
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Unfixed Itineraries has two components:
a symposium, free and open to the public, that will take place October 25-26 2013 at the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), bringing scholars and artists together for two days of screenings, presentations, and conversations.
a concurrent exhibition at UCSC’s Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery that runs from October 25-December 10.
Both events coincide with the series “Moumen Smihi, Poet of Tangier,” curated by UCSC film and digital media professor Peter Limbrick, which takes place at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, between October 10 and 27. Smihi will also be a participant at the symposium. http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/smihi
The Unfixed Itineraries symposium will encourage innovative perspectives on Arab film and visual culture, emphasizing their multifaceted and plural nature. Rather than homogenize “the Arab world,” for example, we stress the multiple worlds that have been made by diverse histories. Instead of taking for granted the meaning of the word “Arab,” our event continually questions fixed narratives that produce rigid identities. And by refusing the common tendency to reduce Arab art to the realm of the political or the religious, we also affirm the inspiring, arresting pleasures of the aesthetic, the sensory, the intellectual, and the social aspects of film and media from the region.
Participants will focus on the production and circulation of Arab visual cultures across multiple temporal and spatial boundaries: from the historical to the recent, at “home” and in diaspora. The symposium includes opportunities for seeing film and media and for engaging in scholarly, critical debates with cultural producers (rather than just “about” them).
Artists and scholars will visit from Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Canada, Europe, and the US and the work presented will cover a wide area of forms, styles, and thematic concerns.
Symposium screenings, panels, and presentations will address topics such as: Movement and Extra-territoriality; Itineraries of Intertextuality; Past, Present, and Future Itineraries; Narrative and non-Narrative Itineraries; Archives, Images, Memory.