Cinema and Agamben

Cinema and Agamben

Cinema and Agamben brings together a group of established scholars of film and visual culture to explore the nexus between the moving image and the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

Author: Henrik Gustafsson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623561253

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Cinema and Agamben brings together a group of established scholars of film and visual culture to explore the nexus between the moving image and the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Including two original texts by Agamben himself, published here for the first time in English translation, these essays facilitate a unique multidisciplinary conversation that fundamentally rethinks the theory and praxis of cinema. In their resourceful analyses of the work of artists such as David Claerbout, Jean-Luc Godard, Philippe Grandrieux, Michael Haneke, Jean Rouch, and others, the authors put to use a range of key concepts from Agamben's rich body of work, like biopolitics, de-creation, gesture, potentiality and profanation. Sustaining the eminently interdisciplinary scope of Agamben's writing, the essays all bespeak the importance of Agamben's thought for forging new beginnings in film theory and for remedying the elegiac proclamations of the death of cinema so characteristic of the current moment.
Categories: Performing Arts

Ex centric Cinema

Ex centric Cinema

Yet the story of cinema became (through its institutionalization) one in which the human swiftly assumed centrality through the literary crafting of story, character and the expression of interiority.

Author: Janet Harbord

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628922400

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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In the beginning, cinema was an encounter between humans, images and machine technology, revealing a stream of staccato gestures, micrographic worlds, and landscapes seen from above and below. In this sense, cinema's potency was its ability to bring other, non-human modes of being into view, to forge an encounter between multiple realities that nonetheless co-exist. Yet the story of cinema became (through its institutionalization) one in which the human swiftly assumed centrality through the literary crafting of story, character and the expression of interiority. Ex-centric Cinema takes an archaeological approach to the study of cinema through the writings of philosopher Giorgio Agamben, arguing that whilst we have a century-long tradition of cinema, the possibility of what cinema may have become is not lost, but co-exists in the present as an unexcavated potential. The term given to this history is ex-centric cinema, describing a centre-less moving image culture where animals, children, ghosts and machines are privileged vectors, where film is always an incomplete project, and where audiences are a coming community of ephemeral connections and links. Discussing such filmmakers as Harun Farocki, the Lumiere Brothers, Guy Debord and Wong Kar-wai, Janet Harbord draws connections with Agamben to propose a radically different way of thinking about cinema.
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Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben

Investigating the relationship between politics, language, literature, aesthetics and ethics, this guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex nature of modern political and cultural formations.

Author: Alex Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136999635

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo Bay and the ‘war on terror’. Alex Murray explains Agamben’s key ideas, including: an overview of his work from first publication to the present clear analysis of Agamben’s philosophy of language and life theories of ethics and ‘witnessing’ the relationship between Agamben’s political writing and his work on aesthetics and poetics. Investigating the relationship between politics, language, literature, aesthetics and ethics, this guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex nature of modern political and cultural formations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography

Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography

This book offers a rare and innovative consideration of an enduring tendency in postwar art to explore places devoid of human agents in the wake of violent encounters.

Author: Henrik Gustafsson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030048679

Category: Photography

Page: 285

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This book offers a rare and innovative consideration of an enduring tendency in postwar art to explore places devoid of human agents in the wake of violent encounters. To see the scenery together with the crime elicits a double interrogation, not merely of a physical site but also of its formation as an aesthetic artefact, and ultimately of our own acts of looking and imagining. Closely engaging with a vast array of works made by artists, filmmakers and photographers, each who has forged a distinct vantage point on the aftermath of crime and conflict, the study selectively maps the afterlife of landscape in search of the political and ethical agency of the image. By way of a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach, Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography brings landscape studies into close dialogue with contemporary theory by paying sustained attention to how the gesture of retracing past events facilitates new configurations of the present and future.
Categories: Photography

Mapping the Moving Image

Mapping the Moving Image

The book also charts from a fresh perspective how the new gestural dynamics and visuality of the moving image fed into our thinking of time, memory and the unconscious.

Author: Pasi Väliaho

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789089641403

Category: Art

Page: 249

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In Mapping the Moving Image, Pasi Valiaho offers a compelling study of how the medium of film came to shape our experience and thinking of the world and ourselves. By locating the moving image in new ways of seeing and saying as manifest in the arts, science and philosophy at the turn of the twentieth century, the book redefines the cinema as one of the most important anthropological processes of modernity. Moving beyond the typical understanding of cinema based on optical and linguistic models, Mapping the Moving Image takes the notion of rhythm as its cue in conceptualizing the medium's morphogenetic potentialities to generate affectivity, behaviour, and logics of sense. It provides a clear picture of how the forms of early film, while mobilizing bodily gestures and demanding intimate, affective engagement from the viewer, emerged in relation to bio-political investments in the body. The book also charts from a fresh perspective how the new gestural dynamics and visuality of the moving image fed into our thinking of time, memory and the unconscious.
Categories: Art

Sovereign violence

Sovereign violence

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of some of the most well-known and incendiary South Korean films of the millennial decade from nine major directors.

Author: Steve Choe

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048523016

Category: Art

Page:

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South Korea is home to one of the most vibrant film industries in the world today, producing movies for a strong domestic market that are also drawing the attention of audiences worldwide. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of some of the most well-known and incendiary South Korean films of the millennial decade from nine major directors. Building his analysis on contemporary film theory and philosophy, as well as interviews and other primary sources, Steve Choe makes a case that these often violent films pose urgent ethical dilemmas central to life in the age of neoliberal globalization.
Categories: Art

The Subject of Torture

The Subject of Torture

Considering representations of torture in such television series as 24, Alias, and Homeland; the documentaries Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007), and Standard Operating Procedure (2008); and "torture porn" feature ...

Author: Hilary Neroni

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231539142

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Considering representations of torture in such television series as 24, Alias, and Homeland; the documentaries Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007), and Standard Operating Procedure (2008); and "torture porn" feature films from the Saw and Hostel series, Hilary Neroni unites aesthetic and theoretical analysis to provide a unique portal into theorizing biopower and its relation to the desiring subject. Her work ultimately showcases film and television studies' singular ability to expose and potentially disable the fantasies that sustain torture and the regimes that deploy it.
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Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema

Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema

This book revisits the tradition of Western religious cinema in light of scholarship on St. Paul’s political theology.

Author: Sean Desilets

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317354703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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This book revisits the tradition of Western religious cinema in light of scholarship on St. Paul’s political theology. The book’s subtitle derives from the account in the Book of Acts that St. Paul was temporarily blinded in the wake of his conversion on the road to Damascus. In imitation of Paul, the films on which Sean Desilets’s analysis hinges (including those of Carl-Th. Dreyer, Robert Bresson, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Carlos Reygadas) place a god-blind mechanism, the camera, between themselves and the divine. Desilets calls the posture they adopt "hermeneutic humility": hermeneutic in that it interprets the world, but humble in that it pays particular—even obsessive—attention to its own limits. Though these films may not consciously reflect Pauline theology, Desilets argues that they participate in a messianic-hermeneutic tradition that runs from Paul through St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, Karl Barth, and Walter Benjamin, and which contributes significantly to contemporary discussions in poststructuralist literary theory, political theology, and religious studies. Desilets’s insightful explication of Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity and Georgio Agamben’s recent work on religion makes a substantial contribution to film philosophy and emerging critical trends in the study of religion and film. This book puts forward a nuanced theoretical framework that will be useful for film scholars, students of contemporary political theology, and scholars interested in the intersections of religion and media.
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Cinema Politics Philosophy

Cinema Politics Philosophy

In Cinema/Politics/Philosophy, Nico Baumbach revisits the much-maligned tradition of seventies film theory to reconsider: What does it mean to call cinema political?

Author: Nico Baumbach

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545372

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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Almost fifty years ago, Jean-Louis Comolli and Jean Narboni published the manifesto “Cinema/Ideology/Criticism,” helping to set the agenda for a generation of film theory that used cinema as a means of critiquing capitalist ideology. In recent decades, film studies has moved away from politicized theory, abandoning the productive ways in which theory understands the relationship between cinema, politics, and art. In Cinema/Politics/Philosophy, Nico Baumbach revisits the much-maligned tradition of seventies film theory to reconsider: What does it mean to call cinema political? In this concise and provocative book, Baumbach argues that we need a new philosophical approach that sees cinema as both a mode of thought and a form of politics. Through close readings of the writings on cinema by the contemporary continental philosophers Jacques Rancière, Alain Badiou, and Giorgio Agamben, he asks us to rethink both the legacy of ideology critique and Deleuzian film-philosophy. He explores how cinema can condition philosophy through its own means, challenging received ideas about what is seeable, sayable, and doable. Cinema/Politics/Philosophy offers fundamental new ways to think about cinema as thought, art, and politics.
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Last Day Every Day

Last Day Every Day

" The notion of the figural has recently become popular in European film theory and analysis, especially due to the work of Nicole Brenez - in which the figure stands for "the force . . . of everything that remains to be constituted" in a ...

Author: Adrian Martin

Publisher: punctum books

ISBN: 9780615719467

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 54

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Where is film analysis at today? What is cinema theory up to, behind our backs? The field, as professionally defined (at least in the Anglo-American academic world), is presently divided between contextual historians who turn to broad formations of modernity, and stylistic connoisseurs who call for a return to old-fashioned things like authorial vision, tone, and mise en scene. But there are other, vital, inventive currents happening - in criticism, on the Internet, in small magazines, and renegade conferences everywhere - which we are not hearing much about in any official way. Last Day Every Day shines a light on one of these exciting new avenues. Is there a way to bring together, in a refreshed manner, textual logic, hermeneutic interpretation, theoretical speculation, and socio-political history? A way to break the deadlock between classical approaches that sought organic coherence in film works, and poststructuralist approaches that exposed the heterogeneity of all texts and scattered the pieces to the four winds? A way to attend to the minute materiality of cinema, while grasping and contesting the histories imbricated in every image and sound? In "A Philosophical Interpretation of Freud," Paul Ricoeur (drawing upon Hegel) remarks: "The appropriation of a meaning constituted prior to me presupposes the movement of a subject drawn ahead of itself by a succession of 'figures, ' each of which finds its meaning in the ones which follow it." The notion of the figural has recently become popular in European film theory and analysis, especially due to the work of Nicole Brenez - in which the figure stands for "the force . . . of everything that remains to be constituted" in a character, object, social relation or idea. Her use of the term refers back to magisterial work of German literary philologist Erich Auerbach (Mimesis), who decoded the religious interpretive system wherein all persons and events are grasped as significant only insofar as they prefigure their fulfilment on the 'last day' of divine judgment. Auerbach's 1920s work on figuration in Dante was an important influence on his friend Walter Benjamin; and it was this 'theological' aspect of Benjamin's thought that caught Kracauer's attention, leading to the problematic of the redemption of worldly things. Last Day Every Day traces the notion of figural thinking from Weimar then to Paris (and beyond) today, taking in contemporary writings by William Routt and Giorgio Agamben, as well as two filmmakers also touched by such thinking and its cultural ambience: Josef von Sternberg (The Blue Angel) and Douglas Sirk (The Tarnished Angels). Figural analysis has a resonance for its practitioners today that goes far beyond its theological roots and undertones. It has become a way to trace and write cultural history, sensitive to the smallest but most powerful vibrations, exchanges, and metamorphoses within texts, whether filmic, literary, pictorial, aural, or theatrical. Modern cinema, in particular, often reverberates with the apocalyptic thunder of the last day (think Lars von Trier's Melancholia or Abel Ferrara's 4:44 Last Day on Earth) - while also opening us to the miracles and mysteries, the perplexities and potentialities, of every day."
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Abbas Kiarostami and Film Philosophy

Abbas Kiarostami and Film Philosophy

Mathew Abbott argues that Kiarostamis films carry out cinematic thinking: they do not just illustrate pre-existing philosophical ideas, but do real philosophical work.Crossing the divide between analytic and continental philosophy, he draws ...

Author: Mathew Abbott

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474404679

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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A deflationary, anti-theoretical film-philosophy through the cinema of Abbas KiarostamiMathew Abbott presents a powerful new film-philosophy through the cinema of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Mathew Abbott argues that Kiarostamis films carry out cinematic thinking: they do not just illustrate pre-existing philosophical ideas, but do real philosophical work.Crossing the divide between analytic and continental philosophy, he draws on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, John McDowell, Alice Crary, NoAl Carroll, Giorgio Agamben, and Martin Heidegger, bringing out the thinking at work in Kiarostamis most recent films: Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, ABC Africa, Ten, Five, Shirin, Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love.
Categories: Philosophy

Revisioning War Trauma in Cinema

Revisioning War Trauma in Cinema

The book considers and engages with mid-century thinking on the issue of disaster and community proposing a way forward through artistic invention.

Author: Jessica Datema

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498592987

Category: Psychology

Page: 146

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Revisioning War Trauma in Cinema: Uncoming Communities is timely, participating in the debate concerning trauma and representation, and offers a Lacanian augmentation to current understanding. The book considers and engages with mid-century thinking on the issue of disaster and community proposing a way forward through artistic invention.
Categories: Psychology

Gesture and Film

Gesture and Film

In the absence of spoken words, early cinema frequently exploited the communicative potential of the gestures of actors. As this book demonstrates, gesture has continued to assume immense importance in film to the present day.

Author: Nicholas Chare

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317479505

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Gesture has held a crucial role in cinema since its inception. In the absence of spoken words, early cinema frequently exploited the communicative potential of the gestures of actors. As this book demonstrates, gesture has continued to assume immense importance in film to the present day. This innovative book features essays by leading international scholars working in the fields of cinema, cultural and gender studies, examining modern and contemporary films from a variety of theoretical perspectives. This volume also includes contributions from an esteemed actor, and a world renowned psychologist working in the field of gesture, enabling a pioneering interdisciplinary dialogue around this exciting, emerging field of study. Drawing on philosophy, psychoanalysis and psychology, the essays think through gesture in film from a range of new angles, pointing out both its literal and abstract manifestations. Gesture is analysed in relation to animal/human relations, trauma and testimony, sexual difference, ethics and communitarian politics, through examples from both narrative and documentary cinema. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal for Cultural Research.
Categories: Social Science

National Cinemas and World Cinema

National Cinemas and World Cinema

Elements of Georgio Agamben ' s political theory are used to indicate how H3
represents the disquiet among republican prisoners in response to the British
government ' s attempt to depoliticize their struggle by reducing their socio ...

Author: Kevin Rockett

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123311370

Category: History

Page: 149

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This is the third volume of papers from the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar designed to encourage Irish film scholarship and the study of Irish film. This collection includes new research on a wide range of topics, including Irish, European and Asian film. There is a particular emphasis upon the international context of film production and reception and the volume includes the keynote lecture on 'new waves' in world cinema by the distinguished film critic and scholar, Dudley Andrew. Intended to provide a platform for a growing body of work by young Irish scholars on Irish and other cinemas, this volume provides new discussions of Irish and international film.
Categories: History

Work of Giorgio Agamben

Work of Giorgio Agamben

This collection of essays, newly available in paperback, seeks to explore Agamben's work from philosophical and literary perspectives, thereby underpinning its place within larger debates in continental philosophy.

Author: Justin Clemens

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748689019

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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This collection of essays, newly available in paperback, seeks to explore Agamben's work from philosophical and literary perspectives, thereby underpinning its place within larger debates in continental philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Jetee

Jetee

... the seam between an ethical philosophy and cinematic practice is approached
once again.49 The gesture , writes Agamben , is a lost language of the body , of
the body's willingness to communicate to the other . Early cinema reinvigorated ...

Author: Janet Harbord

Publisher:

ISBN: 1846380480

Category: Art

Page: 110

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A reconsideration of Chris Marker's famous film, examining its treatment of time, its use of sound, the influence of the comic book form, and other topics.
Categories: Art

The Techne of Giving

The Techne of Giving

A lucid and imaginative intervention in both European philosophy and film theory, The Techne of Giving investigates how we hold the objects of daily life—indeed, how we hold ourselves—in relation to neoliberal forms of gift-giving.

Author: Timothy C. Campbell

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823273270

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Over the last five years, corporations and individuals have given more money, more often, to charitable organizations than ever before. What could possibly be the downside to inhabiting a golden age of gift-giving? That question lies at the heart of Timothy Campbell’s account of contemporary giving and its social forms. In a milieu where gift-giving dominates, nearly everything given and received becomes the subject of a calculus—gifts from God, from benefactors, from those who have. Is there another way to conceive of generosity? What would giving and receiving without gifts look like? A lucid and imaginative intervention in both European philosophy and film theory, The Techne of Giving investigates how we hold the objects of daily life—indeed, how we hold ourselves—in relation to neoliberal forms of gift-giving. Even as instrumentalism permeates giving, Campbell articulates a resistant techne locatable in forms of generosity that fail to coincide with biopower’s assertion that the only gifts that count are those given and received. Moving between visual studies, Winnicottian psychoanalysis, Foucauldian biopower, and apparatus theory, Campbell makes a case for how to give and receive without giving gifts. In the conversation between political philosophy and classic Italian films by Visconti, Rossellini, and Antonioni, the potential emerges of a generous form of life that can cross between the visible and invisible, the fated and the free.
Categories: Philosophy

New Argentine and Brazilian Cinema

New Argentine and Brazilian Cinema

Reality Effects brings together the reflections of leading film scholars and critics from Latin America, the UK and the United States on the re-emergence of the real as a prime concern in contemporary Argentine and Brazilian film, and as a ...

Author: J. Andermann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137304834

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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Reality Effects brings together the reflections of leading film scholars and critics from Latin America, the UK and the United States on the re-emergence of the real as a prime concern in contemporary Argentine and Brazilian film, and as a main reason for the acclaim both cinematographies have won among international audiences in recent years.
Categories: Performing Arts

Civilized Violence

Civilized Violence

Civilized Violence provides a social and historical explanation for the popular appeal of cinema violence.

Author: David Hansen-Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317165439

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Civilized Violence provides a social and historical explanation for the popular appeal of cinema violence. There is a significant amount of research on the effects of media violence, but less work on what attracts audiences to representations of violence in the first place. Drawing on historical-sociology, cultural studies, feminist and queer theory, masculinity studies and textual analysis, David Hansen-Miller explains how the exercise of violence has been concealed and denied by modern society at the same time that it retains considerable power over how we live our lives. He demonstrates how discourses of sexuality and gender, even romantic love, are freighted with the micropolitics of violence. Confronted with such contradictions, audiences are drawn to the cinema where they can see violence graphically restored to everyday life. Popular cinema holds the power to narrate and interpret social forces that have become too opaque, diffuse and dynamic to otherwise comprehend. Through detailed engagement with specific narratives from the last century of popular film - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Sheik, Once Upon a Time in the West, Deliverance - and the pervasive violence of contemporary cinema, Hansen-Miller investigates the manner in which representations can transform our understanding of how violence works.
Categories: Social Science

The Cinema of Todd Haynes

The Cinema of Todd Haynes

Velvet Goldmine is exemplary of what Giorgio Agamben has discussed as the
politics of the gestural ; Agamben defines this power as the potential of the body
for a form of communicability that operates as something other than a means to ...

Author: James Morrison

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1904764789

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 181

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From the trenches of independent American film of the 1990s, Todd Haynes has emerged in the 21st century as one of the world's most audacious filmmakers. In a series of smart, informative essays, this book traces his career from its roots in New Queer Cinema to the Oscar-nomainated 'Far From Heaven.
Categories: Performing Arts