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Ontological narratives

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posted on 2023-06-09, 12:52 authored by Joanna CallaghanJoanna Callaghan
Ontological Narratives is a research project that explores philosophy through film making practice. The project is concerned to extend and complicate notions of practice as research, through the production of a group of films which both represent and interrogate theoretical issues raised by specific philosophical texts. It aims to both pursue specific research themes — questions concerning ontology and its relation to film narrative — and to question what we mean, and might mean, when we talk of practice as research. The project has forged interdisciplinary connections between film and philosophy through practice as research, carving out a unique position in the field. The project has made this intervention into philosophy from a position of creative practice, and from a feminist standpoint, which interrogates philosophy ontologically and epistemologically. In terms of philosophical content, the films from Ontological Narratives contain subject matter derived from readings of philosophers that are transformed and interrogated viafictional stories. The project has resulted in three fiction films, a monograph and two journal articles, alongside video documentation, research sketches and a personal journal. The fiction films produced sit between the genres of drama, documentary, artcinema, experimental film and essay film. The research process for Ontological Narratives was an organic one that responded through iterative cycles to developments and outcomes within the sub-projects and the films resulting. In this way knowledge generation is derived from process and outcome, evident in the artefacts created and also expressible through associated commentary. Ontological Narratives has been disseminated through public screenings, conference presentations, exhibitions and online distribution.


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