Violence's Fabled Experiment

Violence's Fabled Experiment

148 Seiten, Broschur
Preis: 10,00 €
Baxstrom and Meyers examine how violence and an unmarked, stubbornly persistent conception of “nature” weave into the fabric of the human in the recent work of three important filmmakers. For Werner Herzog, the salience of prehistory links new cinematic formulations to a long Western tradition of metaphysics, marking man’s break with nature, his fall into consciousness and history, and his impossible effort to grasp the violence of his descent. In Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, the display of seemingly “unrepresentable” violence rendered through reenactments of killings – performed by the original perpetrators against Indonesian “communists” in 1965–66 – operates according to logics of trauma and shame, advancing a troubling ontotheology that seeks to neutralize politics and ethics in favor of a vague, curative transcendence. And finally, the films of Lucien Castaing-Taylor offer a picture of nature as a radically open, colossally empty present – nature not as a domain of redemption or restoration for us, but something that overwhelms us, evades us, and crushes us in its path.
ISBN: 978-3-94136-057-0
Verlag: August Verlag
Veröffentlicht: 2018
Reihe: Kleine Edition Bd. 027
Schlagworte: Werner Herzog, Violence, Human Nature
  • Richard Baxstrom

    Richard Baxstrom is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology and co-director of Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences Network at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible (with Todd Meyers, Fordham University Press ... mehr

  • Todd Meyers

    Todd Meyers ist Associate Professor of Anthropology an der New York University-Shanghai.