The Goldsmiths MA Visual Anthropology students present insideout, a virtual showcase of their 2020 dissertation films.
insideout will take place over two days, with screenings and Q&As with filmmakers, spread across five thematic strands.
The theme for this year’s group showing, Insideout, reflects and engages with the methodologies and subjects that the student filmmakers employed during the past year. It refers to the manner in which we reconfigured, reimagined, and reinvented our initial ideas to adapt to a pandemic present. As a result, these films represent an intimate interplay between our interior worlds and embedded environments and a productive engagement with obstruction and limitation.
As borders closed and we lost access to filming locations and collaborators, our sites of anthropological inquiry widened and absorbed new avenues for engaging with the visual and considering the personal as an embodied site of knowledge production.
The 2020 visual anthropology cohort—which consists of a broad range of creatives from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds—tapped into the changing circumstances and expanded the frameworks of filmmaking in unprecedented ways, creating experimental, sensorial artefacts that push the boundaries of the subjective.
Many of this year’s films approach the pandemic through different lenses, while others focused on the interiority necessitated by lockdown to reflect on layers of identity, community, memory, and the role of the archive in storytelling. And even in the films that don’t seem to tackle COVID directly, the pandemic is a lingering character in the background that is registered through absences, adaptations, and improvisations.
Insideout is not a showing of strictly pandemic-related films, but rather a group reflection on the production conditions created by the pandemic. The end result is a symphonic tapestry of films that gesture to forgotten pasts, interrupted presents, and tentative futures, and most of all, reflect intensely personal and inventive ways of engaging with the visual.
Dates & times
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|17 Apr 2021||2:00pm - 6:15pm|
|18 Apr 2021||2:00pm - 7:00pm|
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