Issue 7 is dedicated to the Scent of Boys. Film does not convey scent directly, though it is embedded in our embodied relationship with the cinematographic image through insinuation, imagination, synesthesia, memory, and physical immersion into the smell of the movie theater. The moment those patches of light and shadow on screen hit our retinas, the cinematographic image is generated as a consciousness: a milieu that we can see, hear, touch, and smell. Moreover, smell stimulates erotic sensations and longing; it gives body to our desire. In this Issue, filmmakers, artists, and scholars ruminate upon scent in Asian cinemas and the way olfactory memories have informed their same-sex desires, creativity, and research. Through words, images, and scents, this Issue seeks to engage the readers in an affective environment, bringing to light this oft-overlooked aspect of our cinematic experience.
About the guest editors:
Victor Fan is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, King’s College London, UK. Film Consultant for the Chinese Visual Festival. His articles have appeared in journals including Camera Obscura, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen, and Film History. Author of Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory and Extraterritoriality: Locating Hong Kong Cinema and Media.
Earl Jackson is Prof. Emeritus from UC Santa Cruz, USA. Currently Chair Professor, Asia University, Taiwan. Author of Strategies of Deviance: Studies in Gay Male Representation, and numerous essays on sexuality and Japanese and Korean Cinema. He has worked in the Korean independent film industry as a screenwriter, editor, dramaturg, and actor.
About NANG Magazine:
NANG is an English-language 10-issue magazine which covers cinema and cinema cultures in the Asian world with passion and insight. Published twice a year over a period of five years, NANG’s ambition is to build a wonderfully rich and profound collection of words and images on cinema, for knowledge, inspiration, and enjoyment.
Beautifully-printed on fine papers, NANG broadens the horizons of what the moving image is in Asia, engaging its readers with a wide array of stories, contexts, subjects and works connected by the cinema.
Each and every issue of NANG is structured around a specific theme and created in collaboration with a unique group of guest editors and contributors based both within and outside Asia.