LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “Territorial Remainders in Patricio Guzman’s Geographical Triptych”
December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
About the presentation: On the eve of President Gabriel Boric’s recent inauguration the films Nostalgia de la Luz (2010), El Bóton de Nácar (2015), and Cordillera de los Sueños (2019) were shown on the television network La Red, the first time the entirety of director Patricio Guzman’s geographical triptych was made widely available on Chilean televisions. This was a dramatic, if under-thematized event, not least because historically Chilean television has either censored Guzman’s films entirely or used decontextualized slivers of footage to undermine them. Nostalgia, Bóton, and Cordillera return to familiar themes in Guzman’s oeuvre—about time, the historical archive, and “official memory”—under conditions in which there has been an essential change in the relation between culture and power. I will take this recent televisual “media event” as an opportunity to reflect on how these films frame the relationship between space and community, geography and nation, material and memory, in the aftermath of loss—the coup, dictatorship, colonialism, and neoliberal market economy. I will show how the triptych’s representation of material landscapes can be read as attempts (essays) to undo epistemic and capitalized protocols. In this way I will describe how the films register that which remains, endures, and subsists in cinematic scales not conditioned by dominant modes of visuality and memory.
About the presenter: George Allen received his PhD from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California-Irvine.
Please note that while this lecture will be given live, in person in 206 Ingraham Hall, you have the option to connect virtually via Zoom. Please pre-register to attend via Zoom HERE.