Book launch: From Self-Portrait to #Selfie

From Self-Portrait to Selfie: Representing the Self in the Moving Image edited by Muriel Tinel-Temple, Laura Busetta and Marlène Monteiro will be launched at the Birkbeck Cinema in London on Friday 5 July from 6 to 9 pm.

Please register for the event here.

The book will be launched with screenings and discussions in collaboration with Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and sale of the books at a 30% discount.

The screenings include works by William Brown, Simone Fattal, David Hall, Noah Kalina, Jonas Mekas and Jose Luis Guerin (Correspondences), Agnès Varda (Agnès de ci de là Varda). Discussion in the presence of Alisa Lebow, William Brown and the editors.

Self-portraiture is a singular form within the broad field of first-person film and video – not so much an account of the filmmaker’s intimate life as a representation of the artist at a given instant. With deep roots in the Western tradition of painting and literature, self-portraiture in the moving image can be considered to be a hybrid practice, not fitting into the traditional definition of documentary or fiction, as it breaks the boundaries of both genres.

The investigative and self-reflexive stance of the self-portrait raises questions about intimacy, the appearance and corporeality of the subject and, more importantly, the medium itself. Today the understanding and definition of this practice is being challenged by the emergence of new forms of self-portraiture brought about by digital media, such as the selfie phenomenon. Against this backdrop, this book reassesses the significance of the self-portrait in the moving image and new media by exploring a varied and international body of works.

With contributions by Dominique Bluher, William Brown, Gary Kafer, Alisa Lebow, Laura Rascaroli, Deborah Toschi and Federica Villa

To know more about the Self-Representation in Visual Culture research group and their activities see their website.

Available for purchase here.

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