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From Light to ByteToward an Ethics of Digital Cinema$
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Markos Hadjioannou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677610

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677610.001.0001

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Physical Presences

Physical Presences

Reality, Materiality, Corporeality

(p.71) 2 Physical Presences
From Light to Byte

Markos Hadjioannou

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the material guarantee of celluloid made perceptible in the physical connection between reality and the technical elements of digital technology. More specifically, it considers the analogical convergence between reality and celluloid representation, as well as the corporeal impact of this relation on the viewer. Based on celluloid film’s material physicality, it examines how digital immateriality affects the contact between movies and the individual. To see how digital images change the sense of materiality tied to analog cinema, it looks at the physical reality of Siegfried Kracauer’s film theory. It also discusses Steven Shaviro’s views about the spectator’s corporeality in relation to a film’s cinematicity, with particular emphasis on his critique of psychoanalytic models and phenomenological methodologies in theories of spectatorship. Finally, it analyzes the bodily influences of spectatorship by focusing on Nagisa Oshima’s 1976 film Empire of the Senses, along with Vivian Sobchack’s work on existential phenomenology and Donna Haraway’s notion of the cyborg.

Keywords:   digital technology, celluloid film, material physicality, immateriality, digital images, materiality, physical reality, corporeality, spectatorship, cyborg

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