Capturing device is at once the technical definition of a camera but also its potential ethical consideration if used in a way that replicates the violence it intends to portray. Using as a backdrop the exhibition tono lengua boca, first retrospective of Wendelien van Oldenborgh that is currently on view at Fabra i Coats in Barcelona, the conversation intends to explore ways in which a form of coherence exists between the subject matter of a film and the way in which its production is handled. More particularly it focuses on how to look at forms of colonial exploitation while self-critically seeking not to reproduce the very forms of power that are supposedly denounced. This exploration will also be the occasion to inquire about a genealogy of filmmaking in relation to postcolonial studies in the Spanish context or rather about the scarce examples of such genealogy and the reasons for such an absence.
More generally this encounter and the geo-political context in which it takes place will be an occasion to share hopeful examples of coherence between concept and practice from which to pull political inspiration in grey times.