Dock Of The Bay dialogues

The Dock of the Bay Dialogues are a space for conversation with different guests from the fields of film and music. A friendly and close space where, for an hour and a half, in addition to listening to their proposals, you can talk directly with them. Two days, two dialogues.

You are interested if you are a professional in the sector (cinema, video, music) or if you are a student. In addition to any restless mind lover of cinema and music.

Thanks to the support of the Department of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sport of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

On nostalgia: Film and music with and against the past

The irruption of Mark Fisher’s work into the audiovisual ecosystem a few years ago forced us to ask ourselves a whole series of questions about our relationship with the past: Are our films too anchored in an outdated history? Do we go to the cinemas out of pure nostalgia or are we still able to look forward to a new kind of image? In essence: do films help us to imagine some kind of positive future, or on the contrary, do we mostly doze off among superheroes, remakes, gestures and sounds from the fifties or the eighties?

The tremendous irruption of hauntology in cultural studies in recent years comes at the time that nostalgia is seemingly permeating everywhere such as in politics, aesthetics and identity. It dominates many contemporary sounds, typographies and designs. As if it was a twin sister of post-truth, clinging to the idea of nostalgia can prevent us from facing new conceptions of the body, identity and image. However, nostalgia can also be the door that opens the memory of untold stories, subaltern voices or communities located on the margins and which today, also for the first time, have the opportunity to speak in mainstream audiovisual discourses.

In this edition of the Dock of the Bay Dialogues we want to reflect together on the presence of nostalgia and our relationship with the past: How does contemporary cinema imagine the future, if at all? What challenges does it pose and how do the stories approach them? What is the common path, in the territory of identities, shared by cinema, music, literature and thought?


Aarón Rodríguez


Aarón Rodríguez

Doctor of Audiovisual Communication from the European University of Madrid, graduate in Philosophy from the UNED and with master’s degrees in History and Aesthetics of Film from the University of Valladolid and New Trends and Innovation Processes from the Jaume I University, Castellón. He has taught at different Spanish universities since 2006, giving courses including Film Narrative, Image Analysis and Literature and Film. Member of the Spanish Association of Film Historians, of the Trama&Fondo Association of Textual Analysis and of adComunica. He currently researches and teaches at the Jaume I University.