Book presentation

"Soft Fiction" in Madrid

11/06 - 11/06 2016

Traficantes de Sueños, C/ Duque de Alba,13, Madrid

Imagen de la actividad

Presentation of the book “Soft Fiction” with Virginia Villaplana Ruiz (de), the participation of Fefa Vila Núñez, María Díaz Merlo, Júlia Morandeira and consonni in Traficantes de Sueños, Madrid.

This investigation is a tribute to the cinematographic work of Chick Strand (San Francisco, 1931-2009). In 1979, filmmaker Chick Strand shot the 16mm ethnographic film Soft Fiction.

A film that breaks with narrative clichés for representing women and images of erotic and sexual fantasies.

Expanding the lines of work followed bySoft Fiction, the book offers an approach to the different operations that the cinematographic apparatus sutures, and feminist politics of visuality and dis-identity. The publication Soft Fiction is conceived as an active writing device, as understood in the broad sense. It relates the different levels of feminist practices of visuality, narratives of fiction and documentary accounts. It proposes a possible praxis in the area of collaborative pedagogies around image. The book you’re holding navigates the relationship between social knowledge and gender, class, race and daily resistance. The terrain this compilation of essays and stories moves through is the fictionalization of the everyday Gaze, the notion of document. Filming, naming, recording, photographing, digitalizing affective memory and the way history impacts personal relations, sexuality, love and political activism.

This book draws together texts by Juan Antonio Suárez, Paula Rabinowitz, Gabriela Golder, Virginia Villaplana Ruiz, Angela Melitopoulos, Hito Steyerl, Habiba Djahnine, Marina Gržinić, Sandra Schäfer, Montse Romaní, Harriet Brown, María Ruido, Itziar Ziga, Caroline Betemps & June Fernández, Medeak, Ainhoa Güemes Moreno, Eduardo Hurtado, Maider Zilbeti, Manu Arregui, Saioa Olmo, Susana Talayero, María Díaz Merlo & Fefa Vila Núñez, R. Lucas Platero, Julia Morandeira, Nataša Sukič, Sayak Valencia and Gilles Deleuze.

Virginia Villaplana Ruiz is an artist and a writer. She is a Teacher of Communication at the University of Murcia. Her research field concentrates on visual studies, the analysis of network communication and filmic discourses, and notions of identity, gender, participation, memory and community, utilizing creative methodologies such as the Do it yourself (DIY)/Do it together (DIT) Media-biography.