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‘Move as if Alive’: The Kinematograph as Unstable Technology of Movement and its Impact on the Spectator
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Cinema Studies.
2017 (English)In: Zoekresultaten Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, Vol. 5, no 2, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that the kinematograph, at the time of its introduction (1896-1897), was a technology of movement before it was a method of representation. Drawing on (or, in conversation with) Tom Gunning’s observations on the image of energy, I propose that the discourse around the early moving pictures signifies a mixture of two paradigms on movement: one mechanical-dynamic and one post-mechanical or energetic idea of movement. The multiple paradigms involved destabilized the understanding of the kinematograph. Therefore, in the conclusion, I offer possibility to rethink spectatorship in-between these paradigms on movement.

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Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2017. Vol. 5, no 2, 1-14 p.
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early cinema, nineteenth-century culture
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Studies on Film
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Cinema Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141966DiVA: diva2:1089951
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-04-21

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