Shi-nematic afterimages : Semiocapitalism and Chinese cine-cities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-353
Journal / PublicationJournal of Chinese Film Studies
Issue number2
Online published9 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


In this essay, we revisit our interdisciplinary approach to the “becoming-cinema” of Chinese life and cities in the contemporary era, while critically revisiting our notion of “shi-nema” (which combines the Chinese concept of “shi” (势) with a detoured notion of “cinematicity”) which we forward as a provocative “image for thought” that explodes the concerns of modern film studies. Revisiting our multi-scalar fractal method, on this outing we specifically engage with a nexus of new semiocapitalist images and urban sites/sights that foreground how rapidly the psychogeographic circumstances in post-socialist Chinese cine-cities evolve and mutate. Our essay opens with a fresh film-philosophy conceptualisation of “afterimages”, blending cinematic, city and conceptual varieties before moving on to critically engage with a new constellation of interviews and images drawn from Chinese film, television, streaming platforms, social media and commercial real estate apps.

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  • Chinese Urban Shi-nema, cinematicity, Country Love, Nothing But Thirty, real estate