Tina Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women.
Tina Campt's talk, "Still Moving Images," will consider the affective registers of black visuality that converge in a genre of imagery she describes as still moving images. It does so by engaging the work of black artists whose unorthodox curation of the visual archive of contemporary and historical images of black joy, virtuosity, and suffering require viewers to confront the affective registers of this archive and the centrality of embodied performances of blackness to these affects. Still moving images demand our affective labor through their capacity to touch or move us, as well as the requisite labor of managing, refusing or denying these affects. The talk explores black visual artists’ contemporary practices of animating still moving images in ways that trouble the relationship between stillness, movement and motion, and reconfigure these blurred lines to create forms of black visuality which challenge their audiences to confront their own relationship to the precarity of black life in the twenty-first century. Focusing on a series of cinematic, choreographic, and documentary curations of still moving images that depict black visuality as ‘flow’, the talk unpacks some of the innovative ways Black artists are creating transformative modalities for witnessing contemporary assaults on blackness and black subjectivity.
Tina Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard College-Columbia University. She is a black feminist theorist whose work explores gendered, racial and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, the US, and Southern Africa through the oral, sonic and visual cultural texts produced by these communities. She is the author of three books: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University of Michigan Press, 2004), Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012), and Listening to Images (Duke University Press, 2017).
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