16. Performing Documentation

Wu Wenguang and the Performative Turn of New Chinese Documentary

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Qi Wang

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch16

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Wang, Q. (2012) Performing Documentation, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • Wu and New Chinese Documentary, performing documentation;
  • genre and nation to performance, tracing a neglected performative turn;
  • performativity in question, filmmaker, camera and subjects;
  • Chinese documentaries, and performance, body of scholarship;
  • the documentary filmmaker as performer, reflecting a subjectivity;
  • YIDFF, and the new Chinese documentarians;
  • observational verité, reality and collective social;
  • Bumming in Beijing, artists’ independence of “work units,” the new social;
  • performative documentation, physical performance, and live gestures


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