Synopses & Reviews
is a unique book by the world-renowned filmmaker, artist, and critical theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha. Taking as grounding forces her feature film Night Passage
and installation L'Autre marche
(The Other Walk), both co-created with Jean-Paul Bourdier, she discusses the impact of new technology on cinema culture and explores its effects on creative practice. Less a medium than a andquot;way,andquot; the digital is here featured in its mobile, transformative passages. Trinh's reflections shed light on several of her major themes: temporality; transitions; transcultural encounters; ways of seeing and knowing; and the implications of the media used, the artistic practices engaged in, and the representations created. In D-Passage
, form and structure, rhythm and movement, and language and imagery are inseparable. The book integrates essays, artistic statements, in-depth conversations, the script of Night Passage
, movie stills, photos, and sketches.
andquot;D-Passage is a nuanced and original intervention in new media and digital arts. For Trinh T. Minh-ha, the digital artwork, or 'd-work,' is characterized not by the technology that delivers it but by the 'passage' itself: digital form achieved in flux, in the movement of experience and sensation through the work. Words are never merely words in her work, and the same is true for images, ideas, sounds, music, voices, faces and figures, movement and tone. Everything is marked by a passage elsewhere.andquot;andmdash;Akira Mizuta Lippit, author of Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video
andquot;In a world of intervalsandmdash;spaces between thingsandmdash;Trinh has the unique ability to connect things and to articulate their interdependence. Presence requires absence, something nothing, reality illusion, and being nonbeing. Trinhand#39;s perspective enables her to shed considerable light on the way digital technology and#39;impacts upon the foundation of our knowledge and upon our perceptions of the world.and#39;andquot;
andquot;Trinh meditates on the complex interrelations between individual selves speaking from unique and particular places in space and time . . . between speakers-writers and readers-hearers. I would argue that embedded in that meditation are the traditional philosophical issues of nature of self, reality, and knowledge. Most important, however, Trinh touches on what I take as the core essence of philosophy, the reinvention of thought adequate to a changing world.andquot;
The world-renowned filmmaker, artist, and critical theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha discusses the potentials and impact of new technology on cinema culture and explores its effects on creative practice.
About the Author
Trinh T. Minh-ha is a filmmaker, multimedia artist, writer, composer, and postcolonial feminist theorist. Her award-winning filmsandmdash;including Night Passage, The Fourth Dimension, A Tale of Love, Shoot for the Contents, Surname Viet Given Name Nam, Naked Spaces andndash; Living Is Round, and Reassemblageandmdash;have been shown at film festivals and in museums around the world. She is the author of numerous books, including Elsewhere, Within Here; Cinema Interval; Framer Framed; When the Moon Waxes Red; and Woman, Native, Other. She is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.
Table of Contents
Lotus Eye (Reading Miyazawa Kenji and Making Night Passage) 3
Night Passage (Film Script) 21
A Sound Print in the Human Archive with Sidsel Nelund 65
The Depth of Time with Alison Rowleyo 89
What's Eons New? with Rosa Reitsamer 121
The Politics of Forms and Forces with Eva Hohenberger 141
L'Autre marche (The Other Walk) 171
L'Entre-musand#233;e: The World, with Each Step with Elvan Zabunyan 183
Illustrations, Filmography, and Distribution 205