SourcesIn 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.