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Foreshadowing the Future of Capitalism: Surveillance Technology and Digital Realism in Xu Bing’s Dragonfly Eyes

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dc.contributor.author Zhang, Ling
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-20T14:36:52Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-20T14:36:52Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Comparativecinema/article/view/369003
dc.identifier 10.31009/cc.2020.v8.i14.05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/49419
dc.description.abstract How has the development of surveillance technology and its normalized intervention into our social structures and daily lives impact our imagination of the future? Does the “total view” of the intense yet impassive gaze of surveillance cameras, combined with the mediated intimacy of social media videos, foreshadow deeper social alienation or the fulfillment of individual desire? In order to address such questions, I take the Chinese artist Xu Bing and his team’s film Dragonfly Eyes (Qingting zhi yan, 2017) and its surrounding media culture as a case study to demonstrate how surveillance footage and various modes of cinematic ontology, digital realism, and temporality work in a contemporary socio-political-medial context. Composed by Xu and a group of collaborators, Dragonfly Eyes is the only existing feature-length fiction film constructed completely from surveillance footage. As a highly reflexive film, Dragonfly epitomizes and embodies the precarious potentials of the digital future of capitalism, both invigorating and bleak, expressive and corrupt.
dc.format application/pdf
dc.publisher Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.relation.haspart http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Comparativecinema/article/view/369003/462821
dc.rights.uri Drets d'autor 2020 Comparative Cinema
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol. 8, Núm. 14 (2020): ; 62-81
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol 8, No 14 (2020): Imagining the Techno-Capitalist Society in Television and Film; 62-81
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol. 8, Núm. 14 (2020): ; 62-81
dc.source.uri 2604-9821
dc.subject.other DRAGONFLY EYES
dc.subject.other XU BING
dc.subject.other SURVEILLANCE
dc.subject.other DIGITAL REALISM
dc.subject.other LIVE-STREAMING
dc.subject.other ATTENTION ECONOMY
dc.subject.other NEW MEDIA
dc.title Foreshadowing the Future of Capitalism: Surveillance Technology and Digital Realism in Xu Bing’s Dragonfly Eyes
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
dc.date.modified 2020-05-22T17:40:29Z


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