There Is No Such Thing As Documentary

Friday, February 26, 2021, 9 am–12 pm (CET)
With Erika Balsom, Chris Berry, Nicolas Helm-Grova, Daniel Mann
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 6:30 am–12 pm (CET)
With Marc Glöde, Tan Pin Pin, Nguyen Trinh Thi, David Teh, Ella Raidel, Philippa Lovatt, Rosalia Namsai Engchuan, Silke Schmickl, Larys Frogier, Iris Dressler, Karin Oen
An event by NTU, Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and King's College, London
in collaboration with WKV
Language: English, System: Zoom
Program and registration

"Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films", Exhibition view, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 2020–2021

As the concluding programme of the exhibition Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films, this four-part conference brings together scholars and practitioners across filmic, anthropological and curatorial disciplines, addressing notions of multivocality, performativity, and truth in fiction, through Trinh’s practice as a filmmaker and theorist. It is at the same time the prelude to a cooperation that will lead to a continuation of the exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in 2023.  

As Trinh wrote: “There is no such thing as documentary…The words will not ring true.” Both a response and homage to Trinh’s provocation, and at once a close but also an opening, the conference extends multiple threads of inquiry beyond the ontological frames presented in Trinh’s films, to further explore the theoretical parallels and proximities between arrangement and composition, territorialisation and deterritorisalisation, that underscore Trinh’s cinematic works.

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