Netherlands Film Academy (Cinema on the 2nd floor)
We invite you to join our public lecture '
Silence and Murmurs of the Self: Poetic Affirmation in New Asian Cinema'
by Deb Kamal Ganguly (India)
In his lecture, Deb Kamal Ganguly examines how certain Asian films deviate from the typical Eurocentric aesthetic and narrative standards and opt for alternative forms of expression.
These films intend to capture introspective moments that purify the senses and cognitive abilities by utilizing unique affects and temporalities. Through this approach, these films challenge prevailing assumptions and can be read as a deliberate artistic strategy towards the decolonial.
Ganguly's lecture also explores the potential of New Asian cinema to excavate everyday reality and present it in a way that provokes critical introspection, frequently through ambiguous poetic gestures.
Deb Kamal Ganguly is an independent film and media practitioner, researcher and teacher of cinematic arts. He has a background in applied geology and a post-graduate diploma in cinema. Ganguly's video art has been featured in the exhibition Indian Highway and showcased in galleries across Europe and Asia. His work as an editor, scriptwriter and sound designer has been shown in competitive sections of various international festivals and has received several awards, including the 'Tiger Award for Shorts' at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2007. Ganguly has presented papers on various themes related to cinema, Deleuze studies, art practices, translation studies, collective memory studies, pedagogy of cinema, immersive sound, and artistic research at various international seminars and conferences.
These include the CARA-CIECT conference at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (2018), the CILECT conference in VGIK, Moscow (2019), the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2019), Sapienta Hungarian University of Transylvania (2022), and Stockholm University of the Arts (2022).