Performing erasure

de Bruyn, Dirk 2013, Performing erasure, in Beyond Film : Film-Philosophy 2013 conference, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 1-1.

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Title Performing erasure
Author(s) de Bruyn, Dirk
Conference name Film-Philosophy Conference (2013 : Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Conference location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference dates 10-12 July 2013
Title of proceedings Beyond Film : Film-Philosophy 2013 conference
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Publication date 2013
Conference series Film-Philosophy Conference
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher University of Amsterdam
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) trauma
Summary This presentation examines my abstract films from my ongoing 16mm and digital experimental film practice, e.g.: 223(1985, 6 mins), Migraine Particles (1984, 12 mins) , Understanding Science (1992, 18 mins), Rote Movie (1994, 12 mins), Trauma Dream (2002, 7 mins) and Analog Stress (2004, 12 mins) as expressing a process of erasure, a method employed to construct a gutted and marooned identity. It rereads the essentialism of Modernism as laying bare the mechanics of erasure and denial and Peter Gidal’s anti-illusionist ‘Materialist Film’ as a practice outlining the structure of trauma, and the nature of traumatic memory, described as dissociative in Pierre Janet's early work.

I understand my practice as a response to trauma, dislocation and resettlement expressible in the emptied and gutted voice of the New Australian, a 50s term for the assimilated migrant of which the Dutch were considered exemplar performers, good white New Australians, who neatly left their Dutch identity at the door, but who never-the-less witnessed the ambiguities of the ideologies they implicitly embraced. The term ‘New Australian’ is an ‘official’ 1950’s identity which asks you to forget your past for a problematic, undefined Oother¹ that is set apart from ‘Australian’.
ISSN 1466-4615
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
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