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Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010) each mount a sustained investigation into issues surrounding performance in and beyond cinema, across a wide range of different registers. The Wrestler reifies the backwards-looking ‘realist’ film that focuses on the past and memory, whereas Black Swan surfaces as a digitally augmented ‘expressionistic’ film concerned with breaking down barriers and reaching towards new heights of becoming. As these performance themes become reflect...
Inspired by the trash-art creations of artists such as Tim Noble and Sue Webster, this creative article-assemblage was gathered together over several months by the UNNC Litter Lovers collective. The aleatoric article attempts to provocatively explore alternative ways of thinking about (or with) trash, modern life and recycling. The article is formed by found, chanced upon, and recycled fragments of used cultural material, at times united by original-organic discussions and catalytic ideas, bu...
This article examines the situation of artists’ moving image works within existing archives and collections. With a specifc focus on the archiving of experimental flm in Scotland, the article makes use of existing research in the feld, while drawing from recent interviews with artists, curators and archivists in Scotland, Ireland and Norway.
In 2012, Ciné-Tamaris released Tout(e) Varda, a DVD boxset spanning filmmaker Agnès Varda’s sixty-year career to that date. Although relatively unusual in the degree of control Varda seems to have had in curating the collection, this box set is a logical development of Varda’s work of the 2000s in which she has increasingly interrogated her oeuvre and career. This article argues for the significance of the collection – and the paratextual material it includes – for an analysis of Varda and he...
This article explores the prominence of different types of sources in the coverage of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum on BBC Scotland’s regional news bulletin. It combines the most commonly used classifications of news sources in the literature and proposes an integrated taxonomy, in which official, unofficial, elite and non-elite sources may take on news shaper or news maker roles. This taxonomy is used to analyse the referendum coverage on BBC’s Reporting Scotland in the final mon...
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