Maple reflects on the challenges of portraying rioting protestors and describes the evolution of his thinking on militant activism. Read More
With independent production of video becoming radically democratized as a result of rising quality of consumer equipment and falling costs, the prevalence of protest footage has risen dramatically. Video encouraged Maple to be more attentive to the role of the sensual and the bodily more broadly during his ethnographic research, particularly protest footage as a form of body genre. Body genres are those films that elicit strong emotions, whether its a melodrama that makes viewers cry or a horror film that provokes screams. Protest footage can be understood as form of body genre because it was self-consciously used by activists to steel themselves for physical confrontation, cultivate new sensibilities, and produce intimacy without proximity.