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CUSAS Talk: "Social Aesthetics" with David MacDougall

When Mar 09, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Babbage Theatre, David Attenborough Building, New Museum Site
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David MacDougall (acclaimed ethnographic filmmaker)

Social Aesthetics with excerpts from ‘Doon School Chronicles’ Film


David MacDougall is renowned for films that evoke the sensory feel of everyday and institutional life. In his films at the Doon School in northern India, MacDougall has tried to explore in concrete terms the social aesthetics of a boarding school as a relatively closed and internally consistent institution.  For him the term social aesthetics refers to the broad spectrum of social and natural features that combine to define the particular character of a community.  These include its physical setting, buildings, formal and informal rituals, styles of speech and gesture, types of clothing, dominant objects and colours, and other more elusive features.  In this session, David will discuss the concept and show an excerpt from his film Doon School Chronicles."

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