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Hewitt, NAM; (2013) In Time. Doctoral thesis (PhD), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The core of my investigation is the construction of narratives through film, self-fashioning and fashioning by others through the complex histories of cultural encounter — through colonialism, tourism, translation, ethnography. I will attempt to look at these encounters and the different forms of mimicry they have engendered as a positive force where the acquisition of ‘otherness’ becomes both performative and formative, immersive and mocking. I will look at both sides of the reflected gaze, and look for moments when through imitation/emulation/ mimicry one has tried to capture the other. In so doing I will navigate between the multiple subject positions and locations I personally inhabit as belonging and not belonging to the ‘east’ and the ‘west’, as constituting but also being produced by a cinematic apparatus, as embodied in the physical experience of the sweat, touch and dizziness of the dance while producing relations of power and spectatorship. I will draw on feminist film theory, postcolonial theory and theories of material culture to renegotiate the location of identity in the non-West and to consider ways of analysing cultural objects beyond disciplinary boundaries. The production of meaning has been theorised extensively in poststructuralist thought as one of endless displacement and infinite semiosis, yet is still held within bounded disciplines. The meanings circulate in all forms of cultural production and have the potential of producing fictions as well as analyses, inscriptions, as well as descriptions. The work we engage with as artists and researchers has also the potential of affecting and producing social relations, while trying to capture the relations in the making. The PhD submission will also include moving image, 16mm films on DVD referring to the current state of Zagreb and the war crime trials at the Hague.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: PhD
Title: In Time
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1401179
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