Lilian Chee, Edna Lim's Asian Cinema and the Use of Space: Interdisciplinary PDF

By Lilian Chee, Edna Lim

ISBN-10: 0415709377

ISBN-13: 9780415709378

Asian cinemas are attached to international networks and perform generating overseas movie heritage whereas while inspired and engaged via spatial, cultural, social and political variations. This interdisciplinary examine forwards a efficient pairing of Asian cinemas and house, the place house is used as a discursive software to appreciate cinemas of Asia.

Concentrating at the performative capability of cinematic area in Asian motion pictures, the members talk about how area (re)constructs sorts of identities and meanings throughout a number cinematic practices. towns, landscapes, structures and interiors actively form cinematic performances of such identities and their significances. The essays are established round the spatial issues of ephemeral, imagined and contested areas. They take care of struggles for identification, belonging, autonomy and mobility inside varied nationwide and transnational contexts throughout East, Southeast and components of South Asia particularly, that are advanced by means of micropolitics and subcultures, and via the interventions and pursuits of world lobbies.

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On cinematic representations of urban space and the city, see, for example, Stephen Barber, Projected Cities: Cinema and Urban Space (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004) and Richard Koeck and Les Roberts, The City and the Moving Image: Urban Projections, (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). On space and specific cinemas, see, for example, Tiziana Ferrero-Regis, Recent Italian Cinema: Spaces, Contexts, Experiences (Leicester: Troubador, 2009). 2. Frederic Jameson, Signatures of the Visible (New York: Routledge, 1992), 38.

Urban spaces in particular are like black holes: we perceive them only in the effects they produce; effects that we call “architecture,” “cinema,” “new media” and so on. All these cultural forms can be thought of as different ways of performing space. Film, he notes, can be taken to be the paradigmatic case. By focusing on disconnections, including the disconnection between the visible and the intelligible, film—specifically the films he discusses as examples—allows us to glimpse a problematic space that looks recognizable enough but whose internal ordering principles have changed.

7/8 (2013): 221–41. Bishop, Ryan, John Phillips and Yeo Wei-Wei. ” In Beyond Description: Singapore Space Historicity, 1–16. London: Routledge, 2004. Burgin, Victor. In/different Spaces: Place and Memory in Vistula Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. Acknowledgments This book arose out of the workshop Performing Space in Asian Film: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-chaired by Lilian Chee, Charles Leary and Edna Lim, held in February 2010 at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.

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