The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective by Kodwo EshunThe Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective by Kodwo Eshun

The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective

EditorKodwo Eshun

Hardcover | January 5, 2007

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The Ghosts of Songs is the first book-length exploration of the work of the Black Audio Film Collective. The collective, founded in 1982 and dissolved in 1998, comprised John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Reece Auguiste, Avril Johnson, Trevor Mathison, Edward George and David Lawson, and for sixteenyears their films addressed the social, political and racial crises of Thatcher's Britain and beyond. However, it would be limiting their achievement to see them either as merely challenging the hegemonic forms of mass media, or conversely as polemicist film activists. In films such as Expeditions,Handsworth Songs, Seven Songs for Malcolm X and Twilight City the collective explored and developed a black film aesthetic. The essays in this volume, contributed by Jean Fisher, Kodwo Eshun, Kobena Mercer and Okwui Enwezor, argue that they inaugurated themselves as an artist-group, laying claim to the right to reconfigure the space of cinema around the Afrodiasporic subject, reconceptualizing lighting, and filmstock.
Kodwo Eshun is a lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London and the author of More Brilliant Than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction. Anjalika Sagar is cofounder, with Eshun, of the artists' collective the Otolith Group.
Title:The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film CollectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.39 × 11.69 × 1.3 inPublished:January 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword--Gill Henderson
Preface--Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar
In Living Memory...Archive and Testimony in the Films of the Black Audio Film
     Collective--Jean Fisher
Post-colonial Trauerspiel--Kobena Mercer
Drawing the Forms of Things Unknown--Kodwo Eshun
Coalition Building: Black Audio Film Collective and Transnational Post-
     colonialism--Okwui Enwezor
An Absence of Ruins--John Akomfrah in Conversation with Kodwo Eshun
Introduction to Artists' Writings--Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar
Black Independent Film-making: A Statement by the Black Audio Film
     Collective--John Akomfrah
Which Way Forward?--Lina Gopaul
New Directions in Training--Edward George
Introduction to Reflections of the Black Experience--Edward George
Black Cinema, Poetics and New World Aesthetics--Reece Auguiste
Handsworth Songs: Some Background Notes--Reece Auguiste
Twilight: Auker's World--Reece Auguiste
Identity--Avril Johnson
Black Independents and Third Cinema: The British Context--Reece Auguiste and
     Black Audio Film Collective
Colour Symbolism in Ghanaian Society--John Akomfrah interviewed by Lina
Expeditions: On Race and Nation--Black Audio Film Collective
On Writing Who Needs A Heart--John Akomfrah
Notations of Collective Inventions for Who Needs A Heart--John Akomfrah
(ghost the signal)--Edward George
Exhibition History
Selected Filmography
Selected Bibliography
Contributors' Biographies
List of Works