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PLaCE Visiting Speaker Series 2010-11: Rachel Sweeney

Adrian Strong - The Artemis Complex: Psychological Projection in Documentary Films about Otherness
PLaCE/LAND2 Speaker Series 2010-2011
Thursday 20th January 2011

Adrian Strong - The Artemis Complex: Psychological Projection in Documentary Films about Otherness
Documentary filmmakers are faced with the problem of representing the reality in front of the camera. Yet in certain instances, particularly in the case of filming indigenous peoples or exotic wilderness, there are psychological schemata at work behind the eye. How do people “view images” but not see them? With reference to archetypal psychology, cultural mythology and cultural shadow projection, I suggest that as filmmaker and as audience we can get caught up in an archetypal field that dominates our vision and has mythic resonance, the “Artemis Complex.”

Adrian Strong’s particular research interests lie in how films and filmmakers have mythologized and fixed indigenous people - those regarded as “exotic other” in time and place. He is currently researching the work of filmmaker and humanitarian John Marshall who lifted the veil of Western projection and fantasies of the Kalahari Bushmen to reveal people’s real relation to their land and their efforts to hold onto it through a mixed subsistence economy. With Masters degrees in ecological physics and mythological studies/depth psychology, Adrian’s current PhD research is in the field of Visual Anthropology. He is an ethnographic filmmaker and member of LAND2.

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