Friday, November 15, 2013
AWW: Deconstructionist deconstructed?
A proposal for a deconstructionist study deconstructed.
Film Student: I want to deconstruct Alison Klayman’s documentary Never Sorry, a look at the work of Chinese artist activist AWW.
Professor: How are you deconstructing the film?
Film Student: By applying Bill Nichols’ modes and assigning a mode to each take.
Professor: Isn’t that just analyzing the film?
Film Student: Well, it’s a critical analysis of the internal workings of the film. How it was conceived, how it was shot, how it was edited. Deconstructing it in terms of Nichols’ modes.
Professor: Why don’t you just say that AWW is a deconstructionist? That’s what he does. Through his post-modern fragments, he deconstructs art. Through his insistence on freedom, he deconstructs politics. In that sense AWW is a deconstructionist according to the Derridean meaning.
Never Sorry is a documentary. Bill Nichols is a film critic and theoretician.