De Media Automatiek

a research blog by Lotte Hoek

Dhaka: the city that wouldn’t be filmed

Few cities are so densely populated and so fast-growing as Dhaka, Bangladesh’s burgeoning capital. Jammed into a mere 325 square kilometres are anywhere between 14 and 16 million people, depending … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Trailer for ‘Cut-Pieces’

Now that the book is out, I’m getting around to sitting with the many hours of footage Paul and I shot during my PhD fieldwork. Shot as part of my … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Noose and Cat

On the walls in the upper middle class neighbourhood of Dhanmondi in Dhaka, you can find this stencil graffiti. The nooses sit uncomfortably on the wall of a kindergarten. The … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Terrorism in Bangladeshi Action Cinema

A few weeks after Eid 2005, the smallest towns of the province of Kurigram in North Bengal were covered in posters for a super-hit film: “New Gangster” (Noya Mastan, dir. … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mofussil Metropolis

When not on the set of a low budget Bangladeshi action film, junior assistant director Nazmul (pseud.) could regularly be found at Shilpakala, the National Academy of Fine and Performing … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh

A few more weeks now and Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh will be out with Columbia University Press! Based on my PhD research, this monograph presents a … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dhaka’s Urban Wallpaper

Little changes as fast and apparently organically as the layers of posters that cover the walls of Dhaka city. As layers are pasted over another and paper posters get ripped, … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment