Mapping the moving image : gesture, thought and cinema circa 1900
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -239) and indexes.
- Contents - 6 Acknowledgments - 8 Introduction - 10 1. Modulation: On Cinematic Gestures - 26 2. Experimental Life: The Biopolitical Context - 54 3. Umwelt: Automatism and Affectivity - 80 4. Paradox-Image: Mapping the Unconscious - 110 5. Differential Image: Abyss of Time - 134 6. Virtual Image: Cinema and Intuition - 158 Conclusion - 184 Notes - 190 Bibliography - 226 Index of Names - 242 Index of Film Titles - 246.
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- Publisher's Summary
- 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.
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