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Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen

‘Locked out in nature’

Films on the European Asylum System, Latent Violence, and Ghosts
Following Hannah Arendt’s remarks on refugee camps as spaces of ‘worldlessness’, I examine how, in films on European asylum facilities, systemic violence ‘makes itself known’ in images of nature. Nature separates and isolates (La Forteresse, Forst), it constitutes a sphere of domination and control (View from Above), and it functions directly as a murder weapon (Purple Sea). Nature, in these films, indicates the Outside within, haunted by the latent and ghostly presence of systemic violence.
Keywords: Nature images; European asylum system; refugees; Hannah Arendt; documentary; experimental video
Title
‘Locked out in nature’
Subtitle
Films on the European Asylum System, Latent Violence, and Ghosts
Author(s)
Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen
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Following Hannah Arendt’s remarks on refugee camps as spaces of ‘worldlessness’, I examine how, in films on European asylum facilities, systemic violence ‘makes itself known’ in images of nature. Nature separates and isolates (La Forteresse, Forst), it constitutes a sphere of domination and control (View from Above), and it functions directly as a murder weapon (Purple Sea). Nature, in these films, indicates the Outside within, haunted by the latent and ghostly presence of systemic violence.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
2020
Subject
Nature images
European asylum system
refugees
Hannah Arendt
documentary
experimental video
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Except for images or otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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en-GB
short title
Locked out in nature
page start
207
page end
225
Source
Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 207–25
Bibliographic Citation
Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen, ‘​“Locked out in nature”: Films on the European Asylum System, Latent Violence, and Ghosts’, in Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 207–25 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-17_10>

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Cite as: Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen, ‘​“Locked out in nature”: Films on the European Asylum System, Latent Violence, and Ghosts’, in Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 207–25 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-17_10>
Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen, ‘“Locked out in nature”: Films on the European Asylum System, Latent Violence, and Ghosts’, in Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 207-25 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-17_10>

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