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Projecting Films to Spirits: on shrines as conjunctural space and the ritual economy of outdoor cinema in Bangkok

MacDonald, Richard L. 2017. Projecting Films to Spirits: on shrines as conjunctural space and the ritual economy of outdoor cinema in Bangkok. Visual Anthropology Review, 33(2), ISSN 1058-7187 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article is concerned with the ritually embedded character of open-air cinema in Thailand. It draws on ethnographic fieldwork in Isaan and Bangkok and interviews with different actors within the ritual economy of open-air cinema at shrines and temples. Outlining different ritual actions through which cinema is sponsored, it then focuses on a particular practice: pledging film screenings to spirits and deities at shrines. Looking at a specific site, a Daoist shrine in suburban Bangkok, it foregrounds the implications of a disjuncture between the personal nature of the spiritual transaction and the public character of its fulfillment. It considers these implications through an analysis of the spatial conjuncture formed when a projector casts its light in a particular setting, which is then appropriated by those customarily excluded by the institution of cinema in its commodity form.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1111/var.12133

Keywords:

outdoor cinema, conjunctural space, ritual economy, spirit shrines, sacred sites, Bangkok

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media and Communications

Dates:

DateEvent
22 August 2017Accepted
1 October 2017Published

Item ID:

20919

Date Deposited:

30 Aug 2017 09:19

Last Modified:

30 Aug 2017 09:19

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20919

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