Research Talk – Large Screens as Intimate Interfaces: From Media Convergence and Creative Clusters to Cultural Participation and Transnational Publics

From protest projections, commercial LED billboards, to public broadcasting and information terminals, large screens have become a dominant feature in contemporary global visual culture. They decenter the phenomenology of the cinematic screen and provide an embodied experience of interactivity that enhances local cultural participation and intercultural communication. This paper will first map the development of large screens through the frameworks of urban regeneration, cultural policy, media convergence and public communication, and consider the potential of the networked screen as a transnational public sphere.  By framing the large screen as a site for transmission and exchange, as well as constituting new identities, this paper will further show how the large screen functions as an interface for new public and transnational intimacies. It will use three telematic media art events staged and broadcasted on two large screens in Melbourne (Australia) and Seoul (South Korea) to consider how these events produce new practices of interaction that allow audiences in both cities to connect and communicate, and transform their modes of embodiment. Transnational intimacy, as a form of postcolonial intimacy (Dirlik; Stoler), is evident through how connecting and communicating create the proximities of personhood and the inequalities that these may produce in the encounter of the exchange. Public intimacy, as a public mode of identification (Berlant), is evident through how embodiment exposes the dominant symbolic and material conditions that create compliant subjects who fulfill and haunt the fantasy of national identity. Mobilising ethnography and audience reception studies, and critically contextualizing the two sites against the specificities of their cultural logics, this paper shows how the transnational large screen is an intimate contact zone for unraveling the contemporary cultural politics between Australia and South Korea.

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016

Venue: CNM Meeting Room AS6-03-33

About the Speaker:

DAudrey Huer Audrey Yue is Assoc Prof at The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research covers the fields of Asian media and cultural policy, diasporic cultures and sexuality studies.


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