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Perestroika.

Turner, Sarah E. (2009) Perestroika. Arts council of England, Film London Film, 118 mins: hdcam / Blu-Ray / DVD. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:31932)

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Abstract

Perestroika is a ghost story that exploits technologies of memory in order to explore what we forget and how we remember. Part psycho geography, part dream, imagery is limited to views from the window of the Trans Siberian train shot in 1987-88, and then again in 2007-8. The re-enactment of the journey is a memory work, a re-enactment of the past in the present through the process of filming. But the return journey is haunted by the voices of two dead friends that dominate the soundscape of the ‘archive’ footage. The film culminates at the equally haunting expanse of lake Baikal.

- Perestroika explores technologies of memory, temporality and loss. Or, the relationship between time, photography and death. It explores ideas of what is ‘truth’, ‘fact’, ‘evidence’ and ‘record’, and in doing so, it plays with some of the ‘facts’ of my life. Therefore, it is a documentary which is autobiographical, a fiction which is also an essay, but mostly it’s a poem, which is an extended meditation on the nature of affect or the ability of the image to represent experience.

What happens to the story of self when our relational narratives break down?

- Is film a process of remembering or forgetting?

- Does photography as an act, actually create experiences rather than record them?

Item Type: Visual media
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Music and Audio Technology
Depositing User: Sarah Turner
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 11:14 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31932 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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