William Brown. Ur: The End of Civilization in 90 Tableaux. Screening. (17 December 2015)
Ur: The End of Civilization in 90 Tableaux tells the story of six characters in search of a zombie apocalypse. Set in the south of France, it charts the decadent and listless lives of its protagonists as they sit around, unaware that the world is ending about them… until one of them is bitten. The digital era has often been linked to the end of cinema. However, rather than being the end of cinema, digital technology more likely signals the end of humanism in cinema, and a return to something primitive. Shot as though each scene were a Lumière brothers actuality, Ur: The End of Civilization is a contemplation of the primitive in the contemporary age: primitive form (Lumière tableaux) meet primitive people (the bored, decadent rich) meet the return of the primitive human in the form of the zombie. Maybe humanity deserves to end. Maybe we’re all better off as zombies. After all, is this not what the logic of contemporary capitalism demands – that we drift through the world comatose, never thinking about much apart from our own navels?
William Brown (Interviewed by David H. Fleming) also ran 2 student workshops on low budget guerrilla filmmaking.
Noble Savages: The story of Marguerite Kahrl's artistic practice and research (8 October 2014)
The Noble Savages series is an ongoing body of work linked to the bioregion in Italy where Marguerite Kahrl lives. Kahrl's artistic work is influenced by her experience as a Permaculture designer. Permaculture is a holistic approach to sustainability that is primarily based on the design principles of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. This philosophy is reflected in her art projects, which have a social and ecological orientation. Marguerite also has an exhibition in the UNNC Library Atrium 6th - 9th October 2014.
The Games Studies Strand recently hosted the first international ‘(Chinese) Games Studies Conference’ at University of Nottingham Ningbo China (18–20 April 2014)
Game studies – or the academic study of digital games – is a relatively new field, drawing scholars from a range of disciplines who are interested in the formal, cultural, and social aspects of digital games. It has developed most rapidly in Europe and North America, but game studies also has significant presence elsewhere, with an emerging tradition in areas of the Chinese-speaking world. This conference aimed to bridge these traditions and foster the development of game studies in the region.'Chinese' has a multitude of (contested) meanings. We employ the term broadly here and hope to be as inclusive as possible, but the conference was also used to tackle some of the challenges of this designation. Specifically, what is 'Chinese' game studies? Are there distinctly 'Chinese' gaming cultures? If so, are they/should they be the subject of specific scholarly attention? How does game studies in the Chinese-speaking world relate to the wider game studies community?
‘Deleuze and Chinese Cinemas’ (26 May 2014)
This symposium marked the launch of a special edition of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas co-edited by David H. Fleming (UNNC) and Professor David Martin-Jones (University of Glasgow). This special edition grew out of the earlier UNNC symposium (see above). As such, this event will demonstrate the institutions’ on-going strength and dedication to this innovative area of research (the growing significance of which is evidenced by the 2012 Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference in Henan, the First International Deleuze Studies Conference in Asia at Tamkang University Taiwan in 2013, and this year’s Deleuze Studies conference in Japan as well as a special Chinese edition of the Deleuze Studies journal), whilst simultaneously advertising the School of International Communications’ commitment to the study of film and media (in and beyond the Chinese and Asian context).
‘Federico Fellini Film Retrospective’ (8–29 November 2013)
In November 2013 the ICDC along with the Italian Cultural Institute ran a series of screenings and talks to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s death. Fellini’s career in cinema spanned five decades and gained much critical acclaim.
‘Deleuze, Guattari & China’ International Symposium (23 May 2012)
Deleuze and Guattari’s most famous philosophical collaboration A Thousand Plateaus was translated into Chinese for the first time in 2010. It is well known that their thinking was influenced by Western poststructuralist theory as well as East Asian thought, games and peoples. Deleuzo-Guattarian studies is beginning to make an impact on Chinese studies and Chinese academia as is evidenced by the International Deleuze Conference at Henan University, Kaifeng (May 18, 2012–May 21, 2012) and the (then) forthcoming Fist Asian Deleuze Studies Conference in Taipei Taiwan 2013. Symposium Themes and Goals:In the spirit of Deleuze and Guattari this was an interdisciplinary event. Papers covered, but were not limited to themes of: art and aesthetics; time, memory and remembrance; changing concepts of space/place; ideology, Politics, control and wellbeing; Communication; Translation and transmutation of ideas.The symposium was designed to bring leading Chinese and international scholars to our university and share new academic trends with staff and students.The event hoped to raise the international profile of the university (and Ningbo) and help establish inter-institutional links with other domestic and international universities.
DRHA Conference ‘Connected Communities: global or local2local?’ (4–7 September 2011)
The Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts (DHRA) Conference 2011 was designed to explore the new connectivities in societies and cultures which are enabled by the blending of virtual and physical space, the traversing of time and space through the virtual, and the evolution of innovative methodologies. Crossing disciplines and challenging boundaries within the humanities, arts and the creative industries, this conference will examine critically familiar notions of the ‘local’, the ‘global’ and the ‘network’ across the cultural spectrum.