Documentary Across Disciplines

Documentary Across Disciplines | © Ed Park

Documentary Across Disciplines | © Ed Park

Editors: Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg
Publisher: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London, 2016
328 pages, English
Book design: John Morgan studio, London
ISBN: 978-0-262-52906-8
Price: 22 €

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Erika Balsom und Hila Peleg: “The Documentary Attitude” (Introduction and Table of Contents)

Documentary Across Disciplines brings together interventions at the vanguard of conceptualizing what documentary is, means, and can do today, while also engaging in the reevaluation of historical works in light of the contemporary moment. Exploring the many lives of documentary images, texts, and sounds – from the imperialist management of human life to redemptive encounters with the fragility of our world, from professional and disciplinary contexts to personal confrontations with mortality and alterity – it seeks to provide a capacious account of the irrepressible heterogeneity of this vital field of practice. Across anthropology, photography, poetry, cinema, digital media, art, sound recording, and beyond, its contributors consider the fertile and contested intersections of reality and representation.

Edited by Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg, with texts by Ariella Azoulay, Zach Blas, Christa Blümlinger, Stella Bruzzi, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Kris Fallon, Evgenia Giannouri, Ben Lerner, Sylvère Lotringer, Antonia Majaca, Sohrab Mohebbi, Volker Pantenburg, Véréna Paravel, Christopher Pinney, Ben Rivers, and Eyal Sivan.