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Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China$
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Yingjin Zhang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833374

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833374.001.0001

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Space of Performance

Space of Performance

Media and Mediation

(p.138) Chapter 6 Space of Performance
Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China

Yingjin Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines questions of media and mediation in Chinese independent films in a reception context of polylocality where domestic neglect contrasts with overseas celebration. It argues that we must approach the contemporary Chinese independent documentary as a troubling case of information. The case is troubling not only because certain types of intended information may trouble age-old normative concepts in Chinese culture and society, but also because the status of images and information in Chinese independent documentaries raises critical questions regarding interpretation, access, mediation, ethics, affect, and agency. The chapter analyzes the 2001 documentary The Box to bring the issue of performance into critical scrutiny and challenge the conventional framework of truth and reality. It also considers film piracy in China, with particular emphasis on the production of alternative meanings through the “pirated” intertextuality in recent Chinese independent filmmaking.

Keywords:   independent film, media, reception, polylocality, mediation, piracy, intertextuality, independent filmmaking, performance

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