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  • Liquid Cinema and the Watery Substance of Vision

Rees, Al, 2010, Journal Article, Liquid Cinema and the Watery Substance of Vision Iconics: International Studies of the Moving Image, 10. pp. 57-75.

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Based on a lecture for the CHS Communications MA programme, this essay discusses 'liquid modernity' (Bauman) in the experimental cinema. It compares the literal use of liquidity (eg, direct work on the filmstrip, as by Len Lye) and the imaging of liquid motion (as in Jean Epstein). The theoretical context is taken from Hegel and Sartre on viscosity and movement. The essay concludes with some reflections on 'the watery substance of vision' in recent artist's film and video, instanced in images of flow, slowness and close-up, and their engagement with ambiguity and lack of fixity.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W630 History of Cinematics and Photography > W631 History of Cinematics
School or Centre: School of Communication
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2011 22:32
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2011 22:32
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/647

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