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Re-negotiating the real: documentary animation and its indexical other(s)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2015 (English)In: The real and the intermedial, 2015, 46-47 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While the "real" in the documentary film is irreducible to the indexical quality of its image, it has also been claimed that "one crucial parameter of persuasion in documentary could not occur were it not for the veridical stamp of documentary's indexical sign-status" (Renov 1993). The purpose of this paper is to investigate how a number of animated documentaries face up to this challenge, engaging in a re-negotiation of the documentary "real" by setting up intricate intermedial relations between animation and its indexical other(s). The paper will argue that the insertion of photographic and videographic "verifiers" in films as historically disparate as The Sinking of the Lusitania (Winsor McCay, 1918) and Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2009) point towards the persistence of the indexical as a prerequisite for a film's documentary claim. Taking a closer look at two Swedish examples, Hidden (Gömd, Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch, 2002) and Tussilago (Jonas Odell, 2010), the paper will nevertheless also show how intermedial imbrications of animated and non-animated images can disassociate the indexical image from its verifying function, while at the same time relocating the indexical itself from the image to the sound.

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2015. 46-47 p.
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Studies on Film
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Cinema Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-122090DiVA: diva2:864102
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The XVI Film and Media Studies Conference in Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, October 23-24, 2015
Available from: 2015-10-25 Created: 2015-10-25 Last updated: 2016-11-25Bibliographically approved

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