HKAC Art Shop Inspiration series x Lingnan University 50th Anniversary Lecture Series (2017-2018) The Ecology of Images
Rm1006, 10/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
14/11/2017 7pm - 8:30pm
Lingnan University 50th Anniversary Lecture Series (2017-2018)
Inter-disciplinary lectures on Culture and Society

The Ecology of Images
The idea that ecology is a form of critical and unorthodox thinking that urgently addresses the crises of our time finds a number of parallels in contemporary cinema. Films like Jia Zhengke’s ‘Still Life’, Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’, or Tsai Mingliang’s ‘Stray Dogs’ develop what might be called an ‘ecology of images.’ These films do not so much deal directly with ecological crisis as with the less perceptible social-political forms and affective structures—the ‘slow violence’-- that bring about such a crisis. In their treatment of the cinematic image, these films advance a kind of ecological thinking in their own right.

Ackbar Abbas is internationally renowned for his writings on Hong Kong and China. His book, Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (published in 1997 by University of Minnesota Press) is a path-breaking work in urban studies and cultural theory. His scholarship spans a range of cultural practices, from cinema to architecture to the visual arts. He has been writing on art and visual culture in China, and speaking at important international art events like the Sydney, Venice and Moscow Biennales on Asian art. Before moving to UCI in 2006, he was Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. He is also currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University.

Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance

Prof Stephen CK Chan
Stephen Chan is Professor of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, and Chair of the international Association for Cultural Studies. He was the founding Head of LU’s Cultural Studies Department in 2000. Chan received his BA and MPhil (Chinese/Comparative Literature) from University of Hong Kong, and PhD in Literature from University of California, San Diego. Published on Hong Kong culture, film, literature, education and cultural studies, Chan’s current interests are cultural politics and identity formation; martial arts cinema; pedagogy, performance and creativity studies. He edited “Hong Kong at a Crossroads” for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (vol. 16, no. 3, 2015).

Conducted in English
Free Admission.

Organised by the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
Co-organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre
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