As part of what might be called a post-ironic turn in culture, James MacDowell has noted the emergence of the so-called quirky cinema, a particular trend in Indiewood cinema encompassing a range of filmmakers such as Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom), Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich), and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). MacDowell describes quirky as a recent trend in Indie cinema characterized by the attempt to restore, to the cynical reality of adults, a childlike naivety. The Radboud Honours Academy presents ‘Mapping the Quirky’: a symposium that seeks to draw a cognitive map of a new sensibility in Indiewood cinema called ‘the quirky’ and the broader cultural movement from which it has emerged, called metamodernism. This event is the outcome of a two year research project by Jeroen Boom as part of the Radboud Honours Programme.
– Dr. James MacDowell (Film & Television Studies, University of Warwick)
– Dr. Timotheus Vermeulen (Media, Culture and Society, University of Oslo)
– Dr. Donna Peberdy (Film and Television Studies, Southampton Solent University)
– Jeroen Boom (Honours Academy/Radboud University)
Free Admission, but please get your tickets via the website or at the door (the box office of LUX), there are also tickets available via The Radboud Honours Academy”.
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*This symposiumwill be in English.