Join us for a lecture with guest speaker Hilary Radner (University of Otago) about the film installation ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’.


For over twenty years, filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, critics and theorists have discussed the so-called ‘death of cinema’. This issue has been placed under a spotlight by the proliferation in recent years of installation works that, in film theorist Raymond Bellour’s words, “blur” or “scramble the limits of art in a way that in itself becomes a form of art”. This intervention proposes to explore the ways in which time-based installations may challenge conventional definitions of art, while weighing up why and how this break-down in the category art contributes to what some call the ‘death of cinema’. In particular, we will consider the installation ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’ (Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno, created 2005-2006) to understand what Bellour means and how his ideas might inform our relations to these works as viewers.



Hilary Radner is Emeritus Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Otago in the Department of History and Art History. Her monographs, published by Routledge, form a trilogy that addresses the formation of feminine identities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as it is manifested in a nexus of media forms: Shopping Around: Consumer Culture and the Pursuit of Pleasure (1995), Neo-Feminist Cinema: Girly Films, Chick Flicks and Consumer Culture (2011), and The New Woman’s Film: Femme-Centric Movies for Smart Chicks (2017). She served as co-editor on seven edited volumes published with international presses, including A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema (Blackwell, 2015). Her most recent publications include a co-edited special issue on fashion and the moving image for Fashion Theory (2017) and, with Alistair Fox, Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).



6-7pm, Thursday 22 August 2019

Woolley Lecture Theatre N395

John Woolley Building

Manning Road

University of Sydney NSW


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Image: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno, ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’ (still) 2005-2006.