[Filmfestivalresearch] Transparency/Opacity: ASCA Annual Workshop, March 21 - March 23, 2016

Geli Mademli geli.mademli at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 11:43:55 CEST 2015

*Transparency/Opacity: ASCA Annual Workshop, March 21 - March 23, 2016*

Deadline Abstract Submissions: 26 October, 2015

​André Kertész, "The Balcony Martinique", 1972

Transparency and opacity are terms broadly used and interpreted as
antonyms. They draw on the qualities of the human visual field, evoke the
canonical sense of sight and challenge the idea that we are surrounded by
an external reality that can be scrutinized and understood. The 2016 ASCA
workshop aspires to explore the notions of transparency and opacity, as
well as their nuances (which are not only a matter of visual apprehension)
by questioning, redefining and rethinking them in order to create new
constellations of meanings. To traverse the grey areas between the
transparent and the opaque, we introduce three clusters of discussion:
transparency / (in)visibility, opacity / camouflage / mimicry and obscurity
/ darkness.

The proposed clusters can accommodate (but are not restricted to) issues
such as:

* *Transparency/opacity and politics*: as demanded by art projects, social
movements, activists, etc., forms of resistance, information, democracy.

* *Transparency/opacity and modernity*: coloniality as the shadow and dark
side of modernity, forms of domination and enlightenment.

* *Transparency/opacity and visual studies*: practices of filming,
photographing, perception, visual production.

* *Transparency/opacity and knowledge*: black boxing, critical theory,
unconscious, education, university, and naturalized categories.

* *Transparency/opacity and language*: interpretation, translation,
discourses, obscure/translucent language.

* *Transparency/opacity and technologies*: data collection, wikileaks, flow
of information.

We encourage PhD and MA students, scholars from different disciplines,
artists and activists to participate. The workshop will be oriented towards
a collective and collaborative reflection upon the topics explored.

You are asked to submit an abstract (max. 300 words) with a short
biographical note (max. 150 words) to Dr. Eloe Kingma (Managing Director at
ASCA), asca-fgw at uva.nl. *The deadline for submission is October 26, 2015*.
Please indicate which cluster(s) you would like to see your presentation
placed in. *If selected, you will be asked to provide a short paper (3000
words, excluding bibliography) by January 30th, 2016.* The papers will be
distributed before the workshop, to prepare the discussion and collective
reflection during the panels. During the sessions, participants are given
15 minutes time to present their work and the main links to the conference
theme and other papers within the cluster. Artistic and other creative
submissions are also welcome, and should also be submitted in the form of a
proposal (max. 300 words) with a short biographical note (max. 150 words).

For more information, see:

Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/events/1645855245658013/>

Geli Mademli
PhD Student at ASCA – University of Amsterdam
+31 631 298747 / +30 6944 650010
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