Bill Brown, Duke University, Arts of the Moving Image
Bill Brown draws on a range of artistic approaches and strategies, both screen- and object-based, in order to explore the twinning of spatial and conceptual coordinates. His work is inspired by the landscape filmmaking of Chantal Akerman, the diaristic films of Sadie Benning and Thom Andersen, and the psychogeographical play of Patrick Keiller and John Smith. In recent years, he has also become interested in the ways technology, especially wireless and global positioning systems, can enhance and illuminate the experience of place; as well as the the ways that performance can bring the politics of production into the space of spectatorship, engaging and empowering audiences in the construction of meaning. All of these approaches aim to deploy and describe the strange forces that connect us to the places we inhabit or drift through. In this talk, Brown will draw on examples of his own work, as well as his collaborations with video artist Sabine Gruffat to describe some ways that personal documentary can have a life and an affect beyond the fixed axes of the movie screen.