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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
Editor(s) unknown
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
abstraction
cinema
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
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057029

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention
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