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MCGSS Graduate Colloquium Series

February 17, 2023 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location:503 MacOdrum Library

Michael MacDonald, Associate Professor of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications, MacEwan University, “Projecting the Twin Ecstasies of Cineworlding” 

IN-PERSON: Friday, Feb. 17, 2:00-3:00 pm, 503 MacOrdrum Library

The notion that ethnographic practice needs to be normative in order to be rigorous is problematic, especially when the partners in that research are producing experimental and resistant DIY cultures. Non-normative ethnography are “activist” in their critical engagement with dominant regimes of truth and must contend with digital disruption and platform capitalism that has vastly expanded DIY production. It is no longer possible to identify DIY culture with self-production because digital self-production, its ecstasies of communication, are simply demanded for the ‘digital citizenship’ of platform capitalism. In this talk the psychoanalytic concept of projection is turned upside down and understood as a socially performed digital-bodying that worlds. The screen becomes a location of dissensus, projecting the ecstatic truth of Modern/capitalist worldings or Altermodern/anti-capitalist worldings. Cinematic research-creation, CineWorlding, is an activist cinematic posthumanographic study of the interstices that infold concepts, bodies, social, technological, and environmental ecologies into worldings.