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Chantal Akerman's From the Other Side

Chantal Akerman's From the Other Side
Robarts Media Commons, 3rd Floor, screening room 1
Time: Mar 15th, 5:30 pm End: Mar 15th, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Architecture, Landscape, Design, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Film screening and discussion featuring Adrienne Chambon (Social Work), Angelica Fenner (Cinema Studies) and Mark Chilton (Architecture)

A Screening and Discussion of Chantal Akerman's Film From the Other Side

The event: a gathering across the disciplines of Social Work, Cinema Studies,
 Architecture and Visual Studies/Art History for a screening and discussion of Chantal
Akerman's film, From the Other Side/ De l'autre cote (2002). Three speakers will offer
 informal comments from their respective disciplines as entry points to the discussion.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Place: Media Commons, Robarts Library (3rd floor, Screening Room #1)

  • Speakers: Dr. Adrienne Chambon (Social Work)
  • Dr. Angelica Fenner (Cinema
  • Mark Chilton (Architecture)

A few details about the film: Internationally renowned Belgian filmmaker Chantal
 Akerman has created a visually compelling film that offers in one sense an exploration of the politics of the territorial border separating Mexico from the United States. And yet, From the Other Side disrupts a simplistic delineation of this politics by offering for
consideration both a poetics of migration and belonging as testified by those who reside
 on either side of the geo-political divide, and an aesthetic commentary on issues of space, colonialist/racialised legacies, surveillance/the gaze of the camera/viewer, duration, and longing/desire. 
French philosopher Jacques Ranciere suggests that From the Other Side instantiates a
 new practice of what critical art can possibly be. In his words, the film uses the fragile 
surfaces of 'fences, borderlands, wastelands' -- subjects that are today integral to the
constitution of 'power and community' - 'to compose a proposition on what it is that is
 given to see to us and an interrogation into the power of representation.' (From Jacques
Ranciere, Dissensus, 2010, p. 149)

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please contact Rory Crath

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