Adjusting the Lens: Community and Collaborative Video in Mexico

Adjusting the Lens: Community and Collaborative Video in Mexico

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Adjusting the Lens offers a detailed analysis of contemporary, independent, indigenous-language audiovisual production in Mexico and in Mexican migrant communities in the United States. The contributors relate the styles and forms of collaborative and community media production to socially critical, transformative, resistant, and constitutive processes off-screen, thereby exploring the political within the context of the media. The chapters show how diasporic media makers map novel interpretations of image and sound into existing audiovisual discourses to communicate social and cultural changes within their communities that counter stereotypical representations in commercial television and cinema, and contribute to a newfound communal identity. The new media expose the conflict of social movements and/or indigenous and rural communities with the state, challenge Eurocentrism and globalization, and reveal the power of audiovisual production to affect political change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822982425
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Series: Pitt Illuminations
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Freya Schiwy is associate professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Indianizing Film: Decolonization, the Andes, and the Question of Technology and co-editor of Digital Media, Cultural Production, and Speculative Capitalism.
Byrt Wammack Weber is an independent artist and media maker, founding director of the Mexican media arts organization Yoochel Kaaj, professor of visual arts at the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán, and member of the Sistema Nacional para Creadores de Arte-FONCA.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Adjusting The Lens: An Introduction / Freya Schiwy And Byrt Wammack Weber Chapter 1. (Re)Imagining Diaspora: Two Decades Of Video With A Mayan Accent / Byrt Wammack Weber Chapter 2. Geographies, Diasporas, and Communities Revisited / Elías Barón Levín Rojo, Translated by Byrt Wammack Weber and Freya Schiwy Chapter 3. Arroz Con Leche: Audiovisual Poetry And The Politics Of Everyday Life / Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte, Translated by Byrt Wammack Weber Chapter 4. Shaping The Taraspanglish Diaspora / Argelia González Hurtado Chapter 5. Patron Saint Fiesta Videos: Mediatization And Transnationalization Between The Sierra Mixe And California / Ingrid Kummels Chapter 6. Romper El Cerco: An Ethnography Of Transnational Collaborative Film / Livia K. Stone Chapter 7. The Open Invitation: Some Notes On Video Activism And The Politics Of Affect / Freya Schiwy Notes Bibliography Filmography Contributors Index

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