Event Date: 11 June 2013
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Department of Media and Cultural Studies presents:
Itinerancy, Dislocation, Nomadic Subjects: Vagabond (Agnes Varda,1985)
In this series we will watch three films in which the main protagonist is an itinerant or a wanderer. Whilst there is a great deal of journeying in cinema, this series distinguishes itself from the main stream genre of the road movie -whose forward propulsion mimics or can be seen as a metaphor for both the film itself rushing through the projector,and for narrative itself as linear journey rushing toward resolution and/or death. In the classical Hollywood journey/odyssey genre film the protagonist is often theactive (often male) agent who mobilises the (often) linear trajectory of the films’ structure.
In this series we are interested in films that wander, meander, loop and weave -films that explore aimlessness, waiting, ‘dead time’, margins and associative oblique trajectories, films whose movement follows a different pattern, structure and logic creating a disorganised mobility that allows us to ask the question: can the cinematic produce nomadic subjectivitiesand what can that mean politically, psychically, formally, affectively, aesthetically?
Screening two: Agnes Varda’s 1985 film Vagabond, with a roundtable discussion.
Panel: Professor James Williams (Royal Holloway) Dr Libby Saxton (Queen Mary College) Chair: Dr Amber Jacobs (Birkbeck)