Barcelona under construction: The democratic potential of touch and vision in city cinema as depicted in En construcción (2001)

Abigail Loxham

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Abstract

This article examines the unique depiction of el barrio chino in José Luis Guerin’s 2001 work, En construcción. It analyses the ways in which this documentary creates a uniquely democratic aesthetic that offers an alternative to the exclusion- ary politics of gentrification and re-development taking place in Barcelona and which are the apparent subject of cinematic scrutiny. Investigation of the rela- tionship between the somatic experience of city life and current theories of film’s haptic qualities, reveal how touch and sight are involved in a complementary rela- tionship in this piece. En construcción immerses the viewer in the cinematic city by means of a variety of formal techniques and in doing so reinforces the inclusive nature of this director’s project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Hispanic Cinemas
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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