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Nilsson, J. (2018). Capitalocene, cliches, and critical re-enchantment: What Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea does through BBC nature. Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, 10(1), Article ID 1546538.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Capitalocene, cliches, and critical re-enchantment: What Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea does through BBC nature
2018 (English)In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, E-ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 1546538Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the montage of archival and original material that makes up John Akomfrah's three-channel video work Vertigo Sea (2015), the frequent use of footage shot by BBCs Natural History Unit (producers of series like Planet Earth) stands out as an unusual choice. This article explores aesthetic-political implications of how this material is subtly repurposed, with focus on one of the interconnected issues dealt with in the work: nature and the Capitaloscene. What does Vertigo Sea do to and through these BBC nature images? Which artistic strategies are involved and for which ends? Is the kind of ecological pathos already framing the original material itself critically transformed and if so in which senses? Does Vertigo Sea merely go for a reproduction of the natural beauty often attributed to original material, and as simply juxtaposed with terrible images, or does the repurposing also entail an alteration of the very notion of natural beauty? This article critically explores all these questions mainly through the frameworks of Situationist detournement, Deleuze's ideas about art and cliches, and Adorno's notions of authentic art, re-enchantment, and natural beauty-frameworks that are conversely critically discussed through Vertigo Sea. It aims to reveal Vertigo Sea as on the one hand an experiment in finding vital artistic strategies for re-enchanting (in non-idealizing ways) planetary nature in the Capitalocene, and as on the on the other hand a thematization of the difficulties in doing so. While appearing among a contemporary art scene increasingly concerned with local and/or global relations having to do with ecology in this new era, Vertigo Sea presents us with a highly original case primarily through its unusual choice of main source material and its complex treatment of this material.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Vertigo Sea, Akomfrah, situationism, detournement, Deleuze, Adorno, re-enchantment, natural beauty, BBC, Capitalocene, Anthropocene
National Category
Studies on Film Art History Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70774 (URN)10.1080/20004214.2018.1546538 (DOI)000451992600001 ()2-s2.0-85057751150 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-1330
Available from: 2018-12-17 Created: 2018-12-17 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2018). Deleuze, Concepts, and Ideas about Film as Philosophy: A Critical and Speculative Re-Examination. Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 26(2), 127-149
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Deleuze, Concepts, and Ideas about Film as Philosophy: A Critical and Speculative Re-Examination
2018 (English)In: Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, ISSN 2155-1162, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 127-149Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pittsburgh, PA, United States: University of Pittsburgh, University Library System, 2018
National Category
Philosophy Studies on Film Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71169 (URN)10.5195/jffp.2018.834 (DOI)000452533300012 ()
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2014). Thought-Images and The New as a Rarity: A Reevaluation of the Philosophical Implications of Deleuze’s Cinema Books. Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image (6), 94-121
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thought-Images and The New as a Rarity: A Reevaluation of the Philosophical Implications of Deleuze’s Cinema Books
2014 (English)In: Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, ISSN 1647-8991, no 6, p. 94-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ifilnova - Nova Philosophy Institute, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon, 2014
National Category
Philosophy Studies on Film Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71271 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2013). Concept-Cognitive Mapping: Third Cinema as Cartography of Global Capitalism. Cinema & Cie. International Film Studies Journal, 13(20), 87-96
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Concept-Cognitive Mapping: Third Cinema as Cartography of Global Capitalism
2013 (English)In: Cinema & Cie. International Film Studies Journal, ISSN 2035-5270, Vol. 13, no 20, p. 87-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article returns to the experimental theory and practice of Third Cinema as developed in the late 1960s in parts of Latin America. It focuses on two of its aspects that have not been systematically researched: Third Cinema as conceptualizations and maps of global capitalism. In doing so this article takes up and reconfigures Fredric Jameson's notion of "cognitive mapping" and introduce the theory concept-cognitive mapping. This latter theory aims to contribute new thoughts and perspectives to ongoing debates on aesthetic forms capable of a critical grasp of the mechanisms of advanced capitalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rome, Italy: Carocci editore, 2013
National Category
Studies on Film Philosophy Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71270 (URN)10.7372/76058 (DOI)2-s2.0-84946189281 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
(2013). Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality
2013 (English)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2013. p. 204
Series
Södertörn philosophical studies, ISSN 1651-6834 ; 14
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71269 (URN)978-91-86069-59-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2013). Towards a New Conceptualization of The Wire as a Media Object. Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, 5
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a New Conceptualization of The Wire as a Media Object
2013 (English)In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, E-ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article sets out, first of all, to systematically debunk arguments that attribute to the serial The Wire a medium specificity of “television,” and second of all, to supply means for new conceptualizations of this kind of serial-drama media object. These matters are treated on the levels of technological materiality, media definitions, form, content, and production. The purpose is to lay the foundation for a more attentive and clear conceptual comprehension of what is approaching or has already begun to arrive: a time in which the initial phase of broadcasting of serial moving-image dramas are either skipped or greatly diminished in importance, and in which they exist mainly in the form of On Demand streaming, or, more interestingly, in the form of DVD or downloaded files.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CoAction Publishing, 2013
Keywords
medium specificity, media conceptualization, post-television, digital media, serial drama, The Wire
National Category
Philosophy Studies on Film Art History Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71314 (URN)10.3402/jac.v5i0.20626 (DOI)2-s2.0-84879366252 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-09 Created: 2019-01-09 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2012). The Untimely-Image: On Contours of the New in Political Film-Thinking. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Untimely-Image: On Contours of the New in Political Film-Thinking
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study creates and develops a concept called the untimely-image including two sub-concepts called contours of the new and the untimely-site. The untimely-image concerns the clearing for and the expression of figures of “potential” in thought in the form of moving-images. The aim of these concepts is to form a critical framework for evaluating and conceptualizing political film as expressive, not of the new itself but of its “untimely” contours.

The untimely-image, and its many implications, is developed over the course of six chapters. Chapter 1 extensively defines “contours” and “new” as operative in this study, and also introduces a theme that runs through all the chapters: how to think the contours of the new in relation to the cult of the new in consumer culture and in relation to the larger mechanisms of advanced capitalism. Chapter 2 defines the parameters of the untimely-image as specifically regarding moving images, and continues the development of this concept. In Chapters 3 to 6, The Wire (David Simon, 2002-2008) serves the double function of complicating and giving specification to the elaboration of the untimely-image as well as a case in which the untimely-image is used as a critical framework. The Wire and the untimely-image relate in processes of juxtaposition, wherein they meet, cross over, separate, and reproblematize each other. An untimely-image is fully defined in relation to concrete political issues. The untimely-image is therefore advanced by articulating the components and characteristics that, independently of the concrete issue, remain in every case, as well as by putting the concept to work regarding two specific problems in The Wire: its expression of blackness and its mapping of advanced capitalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2012. p. 267
Keywords
Film-thinking, film-philosophy, political film, the untimely, Deleuze, The Wire, Badiou, Jameson, the new, novelty, advanced capitalism, cognitive mapping, blackness, Greek tragedy, aesthetics
National Category
Studies on Film Philosophy Art History
Research subject
Cinema Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71391 (URN)978-91-87235-06-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-11-20, F-salen, Filmhuset, Borgvägen 5, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2009). The Ambivalence of Universalization in Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet (Notes Towards an Empirical Investigation). SITE Magazine (28), 14-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Ambivalence of Universalization in Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet (Notes Towards an Empirical Investigation)
2009 (English)In: SITE Magazine, no 28, p. 14-20Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Studies on Film Philosophy
Research subject
Film studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71260 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, J. (2008). A Crystal Matter: Virtual Structures and the Search for Belief. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (16)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Crystal Matter: Virtual Structures and the Search for Belief
2008 (English)In: Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, ISSN 1555-9351, E-ISSN 1555-9351, no 16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of English, Bowling Green State University, 2008
National Category
Studies on Film Philosophy Art History
Research subject
Film studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71229 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
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