Oksana Bulgakowa is an internationally known film scholar and filmmaker, who currently teaches and resides in Berlin. She has published a number of monographs on Russian and German cinema and theory. Most recently, her biography of Sergei Eisenstein was published in English in 2003 and her book Soviet Cinema and Its Senses in 2010.
Her workshop "Face/Body" will draw upon her recent research in China and her extensive previous audiovisual research project Factory of Gestures (conducted at the Stanford Humanities Lab), which analyzed the metamorphoses of body language in Russian society on the basis of the evidence of film, photography and the visual arts. In her workshop, she will elaborate the contrast between the face and body from the European and Chinese points of view, while focusing on how these portrayals interrogate the issues of identity and individuality.
Some of the questions addressed will be as follows: What meaning do we assign to the face and what to the body; which part is reserved for the expression of identity and which for individuality; could we differentiate between the European and Chinese understandings of these settings and can we observe changes in their allocations over time?
As reference texts, we will be using a European novel set in Hong Kong, Alain Robbe-Grillet's House of Assignation(1965), and a Chinese film with Hollywood references, Ang Lee's Lust Caution (2007)