The Digital Emergence of a New History: The Archiving of Colonial Japanese Documentaries on Taiwan

dc.contributor.authorYu-Lin Leeen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the recent restoration in digital form of documentary films produced during the Japanese colonial period, seeking to address the significance of this digital archivization in relation to the construction of a renewed historical past. I argue that the digital versions are not simply copies or reproductions of the original films; rather, the digital archive actually creates an "incorporeal" space, a frontier one can term a "digital archival surface" where the archived meets the virtual. This "surface," according to Michel Foucault's analysis of archivization, references the immaterial effects that articulate a phantasm of history made more possible by the digital event. More significantly, these digitalized films are accessible to their viewers through a process of composition and editing through which a new history is created. History in this sense becomes less an event of historical duration than one that becomes phantasmatic by having effects that introduce discontinuities. This paper seeks to show how digital archivization can express or create a "new" history; it also explores the idea that this preservation project may become, as the project director has claimed, a truly "ethical" event.en_US
dc.subject.othercolonial Japanese documentary filmsen_US
dc.subject.otherSouthward Expansion to Taiwanen_US
dc.subject.othersurface effecten_US
dc.subject.otherphantasm of historyen_US
dc.subject.otherJapanese colonial memories of Taiwanen_US
dc.titleThe Digital Emergence of a New History: The Archiving of Colonial Japanese Documentaries on Taiwanzh-tw