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Pratāp Rughani is Head of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Keywords for his research in realism and Visual Arts.include: documentary ethics; decolonisation; non-fiction; intercultural communication; realism; representation; the arts of listening. His current project explores the development of dialogue in documentary form, including navigating tensions between 'free' speech and hate speech.
'Towards Restorative Narrative' argues for an experiment in bringing together moving image and mediation practices to create a more relational media – socially designed and biased enough to nurture the connective tissue between communities, drawing on practices from restorative justice including deep listening and searching for shades of grey. Mean...
In a time of polarisation, haunted by shadows of hatred, liberal platitudes to ‘agree to differ’ is a counsel of ‘tolerance’. But, can we dream more deeply than to simply tolerate each other? This paper explores what it might take to create meetings and media that build creative explorations to nurture empathy and understanding, …read more
This event is an opportunity to hear Melanie Manchot discuss her performative and participatory practice with documentarist and artist Pratap Rughani and a live audience the inspiration behind her exhibition ‘Twelve’, a multi-channel video installation presented at Peckham Platform.2
"ambiguous. I think the kinds of questions or misunderstandings that ambiguity provokes are due to our immediate unwillingness to accept or process it. Processing ambiguity means we need to step outside our comfort zone of conformity, convention and stereotype – we need to develop patience for reflection and a capacity for deep analysis. And, we ne...
Featuring new research from the Archives, Kubrick's self-questioning of the absence of Vietnamese voices in his own script for "Full Metal Jacket" uncovers a post-colonial critique of American intervention in Vietnam. The chapter features practice-based reflections on representations of documentary film-making in Kubrick's work and through the auth...
ABSTRACT: This chapter investigates the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in forms of documentary arts and film practice, with a focus on the tension between ‘responsibility’ and ‘artistic freedom’ as interpreted by documentary artists and filmmakers. Based on original research and interviews conducted by Rughani, the chapter offers new in...
John Akomfrah in conversation with Pratap Rughani at the AHRC Artists’ Moving Image Research Network. John Akomfrah OBE is an eminent film-maker and writer and, in 1982, was co- founder of the pioneering Black Audio Film Collective, a group that was central to the burgeoning black film culture in Britain. Since then, Akomfrah has gone on to win sev...
How do journalists, photographers, documentary filmmakers and editors decide what kind of images to capture, commission, solicit and publish or broadcast in the aftermath of atrocity? This reflexively-based chapter asks "what are the ethical and aesthetic responsibilities that attend documentary work which seeks to witness and record, hand-in-hand...
Hi - I've heard of some documentary character portraits of children where any child who courted the camera was automatically ruled out. These production teams / directors were only interested in children who had no a priori interest in the filming process. The production team’s calculation was that if a subject wants to be filmed, s/he is already trying to ‘sell’ some version of themselves which could make it harder to connect with the individual’s deeper motives or more authentic impulses away from the camera. Does anyone have references to these films / directors?
This process also implies questions about ‘authenticity’ and ‘performativity’ (Bruzzi 2006) and turns on the extent to which the camera catalyses events or reflects what unfolds in the world and has a resonance with this enquiry, but I'm most interested in references to the films themselves. Anyone in London on May 6th & interested in this area, could book onto this event/screening of my current film.
06 May 2015
14:00 to 16:00, London College of Communication, Room MLG 06
Justine: Screening and Discussion
A screening of Pratap Rughani’s award-nominated documentary exploring the world of unspoken communication between people of different neurologies.