IMAGEing Reality: Representing the Real in Film, Television and New Media

Venue: Pamplona

Location: Pamplona, Spain

Event Date/Time: Oct 22, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 22, 2009
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IMAGEing Reality: Representing the Real in Film, Television and New Media International Conference organized by the University of Navarra 22 to 24 October 2009 Pamplona, Spain Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 05 June 2009. Contemporary society finds itself increasingly shaped and conditioned by audiovisual media, from the traditional ones, such as the cinema and television, to the newer platforms (computers, mobile phones, mp4, etc.), as well as by its growing reliance on the Internet as a content supplier. Our screens are fed with images and sounds registered by ever-more ubiquitous cameras: professional products for the traditional screens now compete with amateur and domestic images, or with the anonymous world of the omnipresent security cameras. At the same time, the effectiveness and popularity of "metaverses" such as Second Life are imposing the idea of a virtual, alternative reality. An audiovisual world is being formed, therefore, that is beginning to show the appropriateness of Borgess famous metaphor of the map whose scale coincides with that of the real world it represents; an idea that Baudrillard formalized in the concept of the simulacrum. These metaphors inevitably carry us to the contemporary debate on the consistency and reliability of audiovisual representation, and to the question as to whether images support and extend our knowledge of the world, or whether they act more and more as a simulacrum that anesthetizes our senses. Against this backdrop, an interesting tension can be observed between increasing distrust of the true character of audiovisual representation, and the idea — strongly rooted in our popular culture - expressed in the popular phrase "the image never lies". In spite of the revolution introduced by digital technologies, we continue to rely on the audiovisual "document" — in the form of news, documentaries and home videos — and we continue to be captivated by the "realism" of the representation of human interactions and conflicts that cinema and television offer us, both in the classic modes of fiction and non-fiction and in newer formats such as reality TV. The XXIV International Conference of the School of Communication of the University of Navarre aims to create a forum for reflection and debate on these issues, building on the