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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The article concludes by arguing that Born into Brothels puts to work the immaterial or affective labor of children in the production of cultural commodities as a humane and “empowering” alternative to coerced sex work. This move to mobilize the child as a new figure of economic promise indicates the...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2013
... first. By focusing on these projects and Maes's reasons for creating them, I will show how they both respond to and further constitute the gender politics of postfeminism. Figure 1. Pattie Maes, 2008. Courtesy of Pattie Maes Female Labor and Digital Media: Pattie Maes, Postfeminism, and the Birth...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (1 (22)): 150–158.
Published: 01 January 1990
...Jeanne Allen Copyright © 1990 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 Palaces of Consumption as Women’s Club: En-countering Women’s Labor History and Feminist Film Criticism ]eanne Allen As leading promoters of consumer culture in the United States, the...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 21–47.
Published: 01 December 2018
... and about women, a critical nexus of labor, gender, and precarity is forged for examining neoliberal citizenship. neoliberalism labor precarity Evelyn Schmidt Helke Misselwitz Copyright © 2018 Camera Obscura 2018 ...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 88–115.
Published: 01 December 2020
... open wilderness of hackers to a domesticated web of social performance and consumerism. This essay draws forward an argument implicit in “Nosedive”: social media use is a specific form of labor that Marxist feminists have taught us to call reproductive, the un- or underpaid labor sustaining domestic...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 60–87.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Anjo-marí Gouws Anne Charlotte Robertson’s Five Year Diary (UK, 1982) is a multimodal project that comprises cinematic, written, audio, and food diaries that span almost forty years of the artist’s life. This article focuses on how gendered labor gets taken up in the diary project and contrasts it...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 63–91.
Published: 01 May 2017
... emphasizes the masochistic logic that structures biopolitics. Reading the masochistic behaviors of both Abramović and the performance's spectators through Gilles Deleuze's notion of the masochistic contract, this essay argues that the performance ultimately harnesses “living labor” in the service of the self...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 133–139.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Elizabeth Losh Tactics for feminist organizing are changing with the rise of new technologies. From the standpoint of expending digital labor, not all of these changes seem to be for the better. This essay looks at the practices of the international collective FemTechNet, a network of hundreds of...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 161–171.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Michael T. Martin While slavery is distinctive in human history, its enduring legacy and practices in the modern world are manifest in the “disposable” labor that provisions the brothels, sweatshops, and agricultural plantations in the global economy. This interview with filmmaker Amy Serrano...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 41–69.
Published: 01 September 2019
... work through these questions, the article studies the documentary work of queer-feminist migrant labor activism in East Asia. This work offers particularly valuable insight into a strategy summarized here as sentimental activism : the simultaneous repetition and radical decentering of liberal rights...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 35–63.
Published: 01 December 2016
... the intentions of collaborative partners or the institutions hosting them, shared labor opens ways to contend with difference as creative material and not just as that which opposes normality. The author considers a number of artists' groups, projects, and collaborative methods in which the subject...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 47–67.
Published: 01 May 2008
... ameliorated the excessive display of his solipsistic offscreen persona. Converting excess into a form of labor that authenticates and remasculinizes the star, these roles recast the negative divaseque attributes of the actor's offscreen star persona by constructing the actor as a passionate leader whose...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 41–73.
Published: 01 September 2010
.... This essay considers how Rottenberg's stagings of industrial production lines engage with post-Fordist phenomena such as deindustrialization and affective labor. In works such as Time and a Half, Mary's Cherries, Tropical Breeze , and Dough , Rottenberg conveys the incongruity between industrial...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2011
... the ways in which some fashion-themed blogs refuse neoliberal fictions of freedom and digital disembodiment by deploying a radical politics of sentimentality that reembodies fashion and labor histories by publicizing the material realities of race, gender, generation, sex, and class that are typically...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ariane Cruz Reading Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape and the dialogue surrounding it as a most fecund site for the collaborative laboring of black male sexuality, authenticity, and spectatorship, this article reveals the constitutive relationship between authenticity and spectatorship in the production...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2012
... capacity to educate the moviegoing public about the fine arts and artistic labor, fulfilling a potential uplifting mission for cinema; to approve without modification would set precedent for allowance of the nude female figure throughout film, which board members opposed as dangerously provocative to...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
... style. The article concludes by briefly tracing Girl 6 's representational logics through Lee's controversial She Hate Me (US, 2004), which again uses the spectacle of sexual availability to underscore the creation of the private sphere as affective labor. Ultimately, this article argues that, in...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 127–155.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Annie Berke This article places 1950s women story editors in television in the context of the studio system and explains the particular labor of the story and script editors in film and TV. It examines the extant records and archival sources (including newspapers, industry trade publications, and...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 113–137.
Published: 01 May 2018
... neoliberalism demonstrates that embodiment in digital image networks emerges as a mode of intervention into the biopolitics of memory. Embodiment becomes the ghost in the machine of the film’s vision of neoliberal labor and memory markets. By focusing on the particular aesthetic means by which the film thinks...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
... Quiroz, US, 2005), suggest that the abandoned city is still a site for the basic labor of human reproduction even as the infrastructure of full employment has vanished. As a counternarrative to both “ruin porn” and the “horror city,” these low-budget films offer the deindustrialized city as a site of...