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Wed, March 30, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Great Eternal Return: A Social Media Film

Arts Seminar

Paribartana MohantyVisiting Artist, South Asia Institute Arts Program

Chair: Namita DhariaLecturer in Anthropology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

The lecture-performance is part of Mohanty’s larger project ‘Act the Victim’ that engages with the images of crisis circulating on social media. It is based on a video excerpt of TV interview of Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat, that went viral on social media just before the 2014 General Elections in India. ‘Great Eternal Return’ will deal with the plethora of anonymous and mysterious images circulating on social media landscape, and traveling across geographical boundaries, contesting meanings and proposing misreadings. It will on one level study the shifting values of these obsessively parasitic images: their displacement, associations, propagandas, and investigate the processes of their creation and resurrection elsewhere. On the other hand, it will attempt to comprehend our encounters with these temporal images that continuously replace each other in an itinerant loop and become part of our collective memory, occupy our everyday conversations, public sphere, and our dreams.

Q+A: Visiting Artist Paribartana Mohanty


Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 04:00pm

Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138