Symposium 'The Documentary Real' invites artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in?
Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels),
Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick),
Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK),
Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent),
Katerina Gregos (curator),
Johan Grimonprez (artist and filmmaker),
Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK & Antwerp University),
Vincent Meessen (artist),
Jasper Rigole (artist)
and Duncan Speakman (artist)
The Symposium took place at October 21th, 2010 at the 'Vooruit' in Ghent, Belgium.