Reality, Materiality, Corporeality
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.
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