Death 24x a Second

Stillness and the Moving Image
Author: Laura Mulvey
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861892638
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 216
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In Death 24 x a Second, Laura Mulvey addresses some of the key questions of film theory, spectatorship and narrative. New media technologies, such as video and DVD, have transformed the way we experience film, and the viewers’ relationship to film image and cinema’s narrative structure has also been fundamentally altered. These technologies give viewers the means to control both image and story, so that films produced to be seen collectively and followed in a linear fashion may be found to contain unexpected (even unintended) pleasures. The tension between the still frame and the moving image coincides with the cinema’s capacity to capture the appearance of life and preserve it after death. Mulvey proposes that with the arrival of new technologies and new ways of experiencing the cinematic image, film’s hidden stillness comes to the fore, thereby acquiring a new accessibility and visibility. The individual frame, the projected film’s best-kept secret, can now be revealed, by anyone, at the simple touch of a button. As Mulvey argues, easy access to repetition, slow motion and the freeze-frame may well shift the spectator’s pleasure to a fetishistic rather than a voyeuristic investment in the cinematic object. The manipulation of the cinematic image by the viewer also makes visible cinema’s material and aesthetic attributes. By exploring how new technologies can give new life to ‘old’ cinema, Death 24 x a Secondoffers an original re-evaluation of film’s history and also its historical usefulness.

Freeze Frames

Zum Verhältnis von Fotografie und Film
Author: Stefanie Diekmann,Winfried Gerling
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 383941363X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 234
View: 1861
Der so genannte Freeze Frame, also die optische Illusion des stehenden, 'eingefrorenen' Filmbildes, konstituiert eine Zone des Übergangs zwischen Film und Fotografie, bewegtem und stehendem Bild, laufender und aufgehobener Zeit, sowie, je nach Organisation des Materials, zwischen Narration und Tableau, Sequenz und Stasis, horizontaler und vertikaler Lektüre. Ausgehend vom Freeze Frame als einer hybriden, intermedialen Struktur par excellence sind die zwölf Beiträge des vorliegenden Bandes darauf ausgerichtet, die Beziehung von Film und Fotografie vor allem mit Blick auf Spannungsverhältnisse und Grenzgänge zwischen den beiden Medien und die damit verbundenen Zeit- und Darstellungsökonomien zu untersuchen.

Filmtheorie zur Einführung

Author: Thomas Elsässer,Malte Hagener
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783885066217
Category: Film criticism
Page: 247
View: 2930

Kunst und Fotografie

Author: David Campany
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780714894287
Page: 220
View: 5473
Mit Fotografien von: Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Adder, John Baldessari, Lewis Baltz, Sophie Calle, Annette Messager ... et al.

Motion(less) Pictures

The Cinema of Stasis
Author: Justin Remes
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231538901
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
View: 7659
Conducting the first comprehensive study of films that do not move, Justin Remes challenges the primacy of motion in cinema and tests the theoretical limits of film aesthetics and representation. Reading experimental films such as Andy Warhol's Empire (1964), the Fluxus work Disappearing Music for Face (1965), Michael Snow's So Is This (1982), and Derek Jarman's Blue (1993), he shows how motionless films defiantly showcase the static while collapsing the boundaries between cinema, photography, painting, and literature. Analyzing four categories of static film--furniture films, designed to be viewed partially or distractedly; protracted films, which use extremely slow motion to impress stasis; textual films, which foreground the static display of letters and written words; and monochrome films, which display a field of monochrome color as their image--Remes maps the interrelations between movement, stillness, and duration and their complication of cinema's conventional function and effects. Arguing all films unfold in time, he suggests duration is more fundamental to cinema than motion, initiating fresh inquiries into film's manipulation of temporality, from rigidly structured works to those with more ambiguous and open-ended frameworks. Remes's discussion integrates the writings of Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Tom Gunning, Rudolf Arnheim, Raymond Bellour, and Noel Carroll and will appeal to students of film theory, experimental cinema, intermedia studies, and aesthetics.

Comics & Media

A Special Issue of "Critical Inquiry"
Author: Hillary L. Chute,Patrick Jagoda
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022623908X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 272
View: 6188
The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors--creators and critics alike--to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium. Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

Der eigene Tod

Author: Péter Nádas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783882438383
Category: Photography of trees
Page: 287
View: 2633

Temporality and Film Analysis

Author: Matilda Mroz
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748668438
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 240
View: 3277
This book traces the operation of duration in cinema, and argues that temporality should be a central concern of film scholarship. It explores the concepts of duration and rhythm, resonance and uncertainty, affect, sense and texture, to bring a fresh pers

A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema

Author: Alistair Fox,Michel Marie,Raphaëlle Moine,Hilary Radner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118585429
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 712
View: 6543
A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema presents a comprehensive collection of original essays addressing all aspects of French cinema from 1990 to the present day. Features original contributions from top film scholars relating to all aspects of contemporary French cinema Includes new research on matters relating to the political economy of contemporary French cinema, developments in cinema policy, audience attendance, and the types, building, and renovation of theaters Utilizes groundbreaking research on cinema beyond the fiction film and the cinema-theater such as documentary, amateur, and digital filmmaking Contains an unusually large range of methodological approaches and perspectives, including those of genre, gender, auteur, industry, economic, star, postcolonial and psychoanalytic studies Includes essays by important French cinema scholars from France, the U.S., and New Zealand, many of whose work is here presented in English for the first time

"Oh mama, stop acting!"

Fotos, Stillstand und die "Imitation of Life"
Author: Stefan Krause
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640629353
Page: 68
View: 5213
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Sonstiges, Note: 1,0, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena (Institut fur Kunstgeschichte), Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar "Stillstand und Bewegung - Fotografie und Film," Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: Kommentar des Dozenten: Ausgezeichnet! Genau analysiert und theoret. reflektiert. Reichhaltige Literatur!, Abstract: Mit einem gellenden No!" sinkt Lora Merediths Oberkorper auf Annie Johnsons Bett und eine Grossaufnahme lasst nach dem Verschwinden aller Menschen aus dem Bildfeld nur noch das Schwarzweiss-Foto von Sarah Jane ubrig, dass eine Uberblendung mit dem Blau eines Kirchenfensters und Mahalia Jacksons zu Herzen gehendem Gospelsong Trouble of the World' verschweisst (01:52:57-01:53:14). So gestaltet Sirks IMITATION OF LIFE (Douglas Sirk, US/1959, 119 Min.) den Tod der Mutter Sarah Janes und leitet zu der beeindruckenden Beerdigungszeremonie uber. Als hatte sich die Erstarrung des Fotos uber die Kirche gelegt, sind die folgenden Einstellungen von Bewegungsarmut gepragt, die ihren Hohepunkt wohl in der Aufnahme des Sarges findet (01:54:06-01:54:12) - Kamera wie Menschen verharren in Stillstand, der sich erst langsam wieder lost, markant in der Wiederholung der Einstellung (01:54:52-01:54:54), in der der Mann hinter dem Sarg nun immerhin eine Handbewegung wagt. Fotografie, Stillstand und Bewegung kommen hier zusammen; auf diese Punkte hin soll der Film in dieser Arbeit betrachtet werden. Besondere Beachtung verdient dabei der Zusammenhang mit dem Komplex, der grob mit Wahrheit und Luge' bezeichnet werden soll und auf eine seltsame Weise in jeden Aspekt des Films hineinzuwirken schei

Slow Movies

Countering the Cinema of Action
Author: Ira Jaffe
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850638
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
View: 7383
"In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility," Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as much as motion. Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who in the past three decades have challenged mainstream cinema's reliance on motion and action. More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Costa, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Gus Van Sant and others radically adhere to space-times in which emotion is repressed along with motion; editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation; action surrenders to emptiness if not death.

Levinas and the Cinema of Redemption

Time, Ethics, and the Feminine
Author: Sam B. Girgus
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231519494
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 272
View: 7753
In his philosophy of ethics and time, Emmanuel Levinas highlighted the tension that exists between the "ontological adventure" of immediate experience and the "ethical adventure" of redemptive relationships-associations in which absolute responsibility engenders a transcendence of being and self. In an original commingling of philosophy and cinema study, Sam B. Girgus applies Levinas's ethics to a variety of international films. His efforts point to a transnational pattern he terms the "cinema of redemption" that portrays the struggle to connect to others in redeeming ways. Girgus not only reveals the power of these films to articulate the crisis between ontological identity and ethical subjectivity. He also locates time and ethics within the structure and content of film itself. Drawing on the work of Luce Irigaray, Tina Chanter, Kelly Oliver, and Ewa Ziarek, Girgus reconsiders Levinas and his relationship to film, engaging with a feminist focus on the sexualized female body. Girgus offers fresh readings of films from several decades and cultures, including Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Federico Fellini's La dolce vita (1959), Michelangelo Antonioni's L'avventura (1960), John Huston's The Misfits (1961), and Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).

Cinematic Appeals

The Experience of New Movie Technologies
Author: Ariel Rogers
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231535783
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
View: 3227
Cinematic Appeals follows the effect of technological innovation on the cinema experience, specifically the introduction of widescreen and stereoscopic 3D systems in the 1950s, the rise of digital cinema in the 1990s, and the transition to digital 3D since 2005. Widescreen cinema promised to draw the viewer into the world of the screen, enabling larger-than-life close-ups of already larger-than-life actors. This technology fostered the illusion of physically entering a film, enhancing the semblance of realism. Alternatively, the digital era was less concerned with the viewer's physical response and more with information flow, awe, and the reevaluation of spatiality and embodiment. This study ultimately shows how cinematic technology and the human experience shape and respond to each other over time.

Closed Circuits

Screening Narrative Surveillance
Author: Garrett Stewart
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022620135X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 296
View: 4656
The recent uproar over NSA dataveillance can obscure the fact that surveillance has been part of our lives for decades. And cinema has long been aware of its power—and potential for abuse. In Closed Circuits, Garrett Stewart analyzes a broad spectrum of films, from M and Rear Window through The Conversation to Déjà Vu, Source Code, and The Bourne Legacy, in which cinema has articulated—and performed—the drama of inspection’s unreturned look. While mainstays of the thriller, both the act and the technology of surveillance, Stewart argues, speak to something more foundational in the very work of cinema. The shared axis of montage and espionage—with editing designed to draw us in and make us forget the omnipresence of the narrative camera—extends to larger questions about the politics of an oversight regime that is increasingly remote and robotic. To such a global technopticon, one telltale response is a proliferating mode of digitally enhanced “surveillancinema.”

The Lumière Galaxy

Seven Key Words for the Cinema to Come
Author: Francesco Casetti
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231538871
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 304
View: 3117
Francesco Casetti believes new media technologies are producing an exciting new era in cinema aesthetics. Whether we experience film in the theater, on our hand-held devices, in galleries and museums, onboard and in flight, or up in the clouds in the bits we download, cinema continues to alter our habits and excite our imaginations. Casetti travels from the remote corners of film history and theory to the most surprising sites on the internet and in our cities to prove the ongoing relevance of cinema. He does away with traditional notions of canon, repetition, apparatus, and spectatorship in favor of new keywords, including expansion, relocation, assemblage, and performance. The result is an innovative understanding of cinema's place in our lives and culture, along with a critical sea-change in the study of the art. The more the nature of cinema transforms, the more it discovers its own identity, and Casetti helps readers realize the galaxy of possibilities embedded in the medium.

Cinematic Chronotopes

Here, Now, Me
Author: Pepita Hesselberth
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1623566479
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
View: 5784
The site of cinema is on the move. The extent to which technologically mediated sounds and images continue to be experienced as cinematic today is largely dependent on the intensified sense of being 'here,' 'now' and 'me' that they convey. This intensification is fundamentally rooted in the cinematic's potential to intensify our experience of time, to convey time's thickening, of which the sense of place, and a sense of self-presence are the correlatives. In this study, Pepita Hesselberth traces this thickening of time across four different spatio-temporal configurations of the cinematic: a multi-media exhibition featuring the work of Andy Warhol (1928-1987); the handheld aesthetics of European art-house films; a large-scale media installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; and the usage of the trope of the flash-forward in mainstream Hollywood cinema. Only by juxtaposing these cases by looking at what they have in common, this study argues, can we grasp the complexity of the changes that the cinematic is currently undergoing.

Beyond the Finite

The Sublime in Art and Science
Author: Roald Hoffmann,Iain Boyd Whyte
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199792747
Category: Science
Page: 208
View: 5935
Throughout its long history, and not just as the key aesthetic category for the Romantic Movement, the sublime has created the necessary link between aesthetic and moral judgment, offering the prospect of transcending the limits of measurement, even imagination. The best of science makes genuine claims to the sublime. For in science, as in art, every day brings the entirely new, the extreme, and the unrepresentable. How does one depict negative mass, for example, or the folding of a protein that is contagious? Can one capture emergent phenomena as they emerge? Science is continually faced with describing that which is beyond. This book, through contributions from nine prominent scholars, tackles that challenge. The explorations within Beyond the Finite range from the images taken by the Hubble Telescope to David Bohm's quantum romanticism, from Kant and Burke to a "downward spiraling infinity" of the 21st century sublime, all lucid yet transcendent. Squarely positioned at the interface between science and art, this volume's chapters capture a remarkable variety of perspectives, with neuroscience, chemistry, astronomy, physics, film, painting and music discussed in relation to the sublime experience, topics surely to peak the interest of academics and students studying the sublime in various disciplines.

Phenomenology and the Future of Film

Rethinking Subjectivity Beyond French Cinema
Author: J. Chamarette
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137283742
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 271
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Using hybrid phenomenological approaches to film, this book focuses on how moving images are 'experienced' and 'encountered' as well as 'read' and 'viewed'. Its close engagements with films and installations by four contemporary French filmmakers explore the limits and possibilities of 'cinematic' subjectivity.

Motion Capture in Performance

An Introduction
Author: M. Delbridge
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137505818
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 94
View: 4456
Motion Capture in Performance explores the historical origins, properties and implications of Motion Capture. It introduces a new mode of performance for the commercial film, animation, and console gaming industries - 'Performance Capture', a distinct interdisciplinary discourse in the fields of theatre, animation, performance studies and film.