Anagramatic ABC



In fiction, a subplot is a secondary strand of the narrative’s main plot, which provides a supporting side story. Subplots may connect to main plots, either in time and place, or in thematic significance, sometimes anticipating or unleashing the story’s resolution or denouement. Within the Subtramas project, where education, cultural distribution and collaborative audiovisual production intersect, ‘subplot’ refers to social and cultural processes where agency, co-learning, and knowledge dissemination are generated through the mediation of art. Like different ‘subplots’ interwoven within a narrative, audiovisual production transcends the boundaries of education and distribution, which in turn overflow the boundaries of artistic practices (here we are following Tomás R. Villasante’s concept of ‘creative boundary overflow’, which refers to a given discipline’s ability to have its boundaries questioned and transcended through the influence of other disciplines).

Genealogies of practice

  • Chronique d'un été ("Crónica de un verano"/Chronicle of a summer")  (Francia / France) Edgar Morin & Jean Rouch, 1961
    A documentary film made during the summer of 1960 by sociologist Edgar Morin and anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, with the aesthetic collaboration of Quebecois director-cameraman Michel Brault. It is widely regarded as an experimental and structurally innovative film and an example of cinéma vérité. A cast of real-life individuals are led by the filmmakers to discuss topics on the themes of French society and happiness in the working class. With the Algerian war in the background and, the film announces the first stirrings of the unrest and dissatisfaction that would lead to the 1968 revolt and the changes that would sweep French society.


  • Teaching Positions. Difference, Pedagogy and the Power of Address. Elizabeth Ellsworth. 1997, New York: Teachers College Press

  • El universo dereniano. Textos fundamentales de la cineasta Maya Deren.  2013, Artea Editorial (versión digital)
    An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film. Maya Deren. New York: The Alicat Book Shop Press, 1946

  • Scripts from a Nation at War.  Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, y David Thorne. ,
    Originally produced as a commission for Documenta 12 (2007); 9 Scripts from a Nation at War is a 10 channel video installation that responds to conditions and questions that have arisen since the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. Each video considers the processes by which subjects are positioned as certain kinds of "individuals" in relation to war- artists, soldiers, students, prisoners, detainees, citizens, Iraqis, Europeans, Americans, and so on. These stagings allow inquiry into the individual and collective consequences of war, and the languages and structures of power.