Contemporary film exhibition in the PRC is undergoing a host of striking changes. Shifts from rural to urban sites, collective to individualized viewing, communal to commercial exchange, signal the transition of cinema going from the thing to do, to a thing to do—part of a ‘day’s outing.’ This essay investigates cinema, as a social space and practice in contemporary Beijing, China, and seeks to understand a spatial aesthetics that links particular sites of viewing (e.g. the cineplex, outdoor theater, art house, informal screens) to specific developmental time zones and social imaginaries. These shifting social architectures are the focus of this essay.
Cinematic Encounters in Beijing
Joshua Neves is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture & Media at Brown University. His research centers on global/comparative media, cultural theory, and media urbanism. He is currently co-editing a collection examining Asian Video Cultures, and completing a manuscript centered on media, development, and political society in Olympic Era China. His work has appeared in Social Text, Discourse, and Cinema Journal, among others.
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Joshua Neves; Cinematic Encounters in Beijing. Film Quarterly 1 September 2013; 67 (1): 27–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2013.67.1.27
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