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17th RAI Film Festival 2021 Panel Chronotopes during crisis: a sound-image-letter correspondence

Crises disrupt the habitual rhythms that regulate people’s lives, altering normative spatio-temporal configurations. This panel, departing from Bakhtin’s notion of the chronotope (the coordinates of time and space within a given narrative) is an invitation to explore ‘chronotopes during crisis.’ In particular, we wish to draw together different perspectives via an exchange of short sound-image-letters that experiment with the mode of correspondence as a tool for creatively reconfiguring time and space. Understanding that the properties inherent in sound and image make them exemplary modes through which to critically engage chronotopes in a time of crisis, we encourage contributors to address alternative pasts, different presents and desired futures.

  • How does making and thinking in sound and image, its editing processes, and the letter as a narrative form further illuminate, disrupt or otherwise reconfigure chronotopes?
  • How might these methods allow us to speculate other possibilities?
  • How do the intimate spatio-temporal narratives embedded within letters stretch across the asynchronies of crisis?

The panel conveners have shared short example sound-image-letters here as part of the open call. We are asking practitioners of anthropology, of the audiovisual arts, or of those involved in fertile collaborations between the two, to respond in the form of their own sound-image-letter submissions. These should take the form of videos, less than five minutes in duration that have been uploaded to a video hosting site. Private viewing links can be provided in the submission form’s long section. A selection of letters will be screened at a remote panel discussion during the festival.

See https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/raiff2021 for more information and to submit proposals/viewing links.

Deadline 15th November 2020. The panel will form part of the 17th RAI Film Festival, which will take place online from 25th to 28th March 2021.

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