Den 20. mars introduserer Mieke Bal filmen som varer i 98 minutter.
Dagen etter – den 21. mars – holder Mieke et foredrag og leder en diskusjon om tenkning, tenknings basis i sosialitet, Descartes (dualistisk) tenkemåte og farene ved vår tendens til å avvise ham som foreldet.
20. mars – filmvisning, kl. 16.45-19, 5-224 campus Bø
og 21. mars – foredrag og diskusjon, kl. 8.30-10, 3-305 campus Bø
The film Reasonable Doubt
The latest film by cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal, Reasonable Doubt, is an experiment, which audio-visualises ‘thought’. Mixing docudrama with theoretical fiction, the project stages scenes from the lives of the philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) and the Swedish Queen Kristina (1626-1689). After an intellectual relationship by correspondence, the two met in Stockholm, where Descartes died due to the cold six weeks after arriving.
The film is not a biography but a series of scenes that constitute a double portrait. Some of the scenes are historically based; some are fictionalized to do justice to ideas that are relevant today.
In this project, Bal looks back from Descartes’ last book, The Passions of the Soul and explores his life-long struggles with, and against, dualism, including friendships with co-thinkers, specifically women, and leading to a conception of the subject that will open up to psychoanalysis.
About Mieke Bal
- Cultural theorist and critic and video artist
Professor at Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005-2011). Today based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam.
Areas of interest range from biblical and classical antiquity to 17th century and contemporary art and modern literature, feminism and migratory culture.
Her many publications include A Mieke Bal Reader (2006), Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002) and Narratology (3rd ed., 2009). Her view of interdisciplinary analysis in the Humanities and Social Sciences is expressed in what she has termed ‘cultural analysis,’ the basis of ASCA.
Mieke Bal is also a video artist, and her internationally exhibited documentaries on migration include Separations, State of Suspension, Becoming Vera and the installation Nothing is Missing, all part of the Cinema Suitcase Collective. She made the internationally distributed feature film A Long History of Madness (2012), a theoretical fiction about madness, as well as Madame B: Explorations in Emotional Capitalism, both together with Michelle Williams Gamaker. She recently finished a feature film and 5-screen installation on René Descartes and his infelicitously ending friendship with Queen Kristina of Sweden.
Mieke Bal occasionally acts as an independant curator; her co-curated exhibition 2MOVE has travelled to four countries; she has curated Emma & Edvard – Love in Time of Loneliness currently showing at the Munch Museum Oslo.
For more information about Mieke and her work, see http://www.miekebal.org/.
Mieke Bals tilstedeværelse og filmforestillingen er gjort mulig gjennom støtte fra ph.d.-programmet i kulturstudier og Fakultetet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap.
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