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tgiFHI: Shambhavi Kaul, "SWAMP"

event poster. black block text against off white background. includes photo of Shambhavi.
Friday, October 28, 2022
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shambhavi Kaul

Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to their departmental (and interdepartmental) colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields.


The swamp has long been imagined as a site of horror in popular cinema, partially premised on the idea that such land exists beyond the reach of capitalist society: think of the much adapted 1971 comic, The Swamp Thing, whose protagonist is a vegetal, subhuman who hides and survives, away from humans, in a swamp. As her own films have been concerned with "protagonism" within popular cinematic logic, Kaul now turns to the ways in which the question of protagonism, actors and agency, are at the heart of how to think of our earth's future beyond the reigning extractionist logic. In this talk, Kaul will discuss these concepts in relation to her current, in-progress film that builds on her earlier work.

Speaker bio:

Shambhavi Kaul is Associate Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Her cinematic constructions conjure uncanny, science-fictive non-places. Described as creating "zones of compression and dispersion," her work utilizes strategies of montage and recirculation, inviting an affective response while simultaneously measuring our capacity to know what we encounter. She has exhibited her work worldwide at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, The New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Edinburgh International Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the 2014 Shanghai Biennale and a 2015 solo show at Jhaveri Contemporary, in Mumbai

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Breakfast served @ 9 am. Masks required.