[December 19th 2020]
public space, the films unavoidably enter into a broad and crucial contemporary debate about art, language, politics, and “truth”.
One way of beginning to understand this debate is by looking briefly at one of its focal points: the legacy of the French-Algerian philosopher, Jacques Derrida. To paraphrase briefly (and hopefully not too reductively), Derrida, from the 1960s until just after the dawn of the new millennium, set about deconstructing some of the fundamental, received notions upon which all Western philosophy was built. For Derrida, it was a problem of ‘origin’.
The problem with origins is that they end up privileging