Collecting the Ashes of Time: The Temporality and Materiality of Industrial Ruins in Wang Bing's West of the Tracks
Author: Zhang, Ling
Source: Asian Cinema, Volume 20, Number 1, March 2012 , pp. 16-34(19)
Abstract:Most of the prominent cinematic renderings (both fictional and non-fictional) of war ruins and calamities emerged after World War II. The cinematic exploration and representation of ruins has persisted until the present, expanding and enriching the spectator's viewing experience and providing a unique opportunity for the profound contemplation of temporality and materiality. digital video serves as a new and vigorous medium in which to represent industrial ruins. One of the most outstanding examples of this new medium is Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing's nine-hour documentary West of the Tracks.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-03-08
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