The Politics and Aesthetics of Non-Representation: Re-Imagining Ethnographic Cinema with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2018. The Politics and Aesthetics of Non-Representation: Re-Imagining Ethnographic Cinema with Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Antípoda. Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, 1(33), pp. 13-32. ISSN 1900-5407 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article argues that the work of Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul offers conceptual and methodological tools that may contribute to the re-imagination of ethnographic cinema beyond representation. Weerasethakul’s films emerge out of a para-ethnographic engagement with people and places, rely on participatory methods and operate as hosting devices for a multiplicity of subaltern beings and stories. They enact an inventive and often animistic “performative realism” (Ingawanij 2013a) which can be understood as political in the sense that it creates new conditions of possibility and room for alter-ontologies. The article conceptualizes this orientation in relation to the production of “assemblages of collective enunciation” (Deleuze and Guattari 1986) as well as to Eduardo Viveiros de Castro’s (2010) idea of “taking seriously” the ontology of others, that is, the other worlds that they experience.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.7440/antipoda33.2018.02

Keywords:

Aesthetics of non-representation; Apichatpong Weerasethakul; ethnographic cinema; para-ethnographic; representation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology
Anthropology > Centre for Visual Anthropology (CVA)

Dates:

DateEvent
30 July 2018Accepted
1 October 2018Published

Item ID:

24671

Date Deposited:

13 Nov 2018 14:55

Last Modified:

18 May 2020 08:46

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24671

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