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Cinema's Bodily IllusionsFlying, Floating, and Hallucinating$
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Scott C. Richmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690961

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690961.001.0001

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Aesthetics Beyond the Phenomenal

Aesthetics Beyond the Phenomenal

The Flicker

(p.145) 6 Aesthetics Beyond the Phenomenal
Cinema's Bodily Illusions

Scott C. Richmond

University of Minnesota Press

The sixth chapter considers Tony Conrad’s The Flicker, arguing that it leads the way to an aesthetics beyond the phenomenal, that is, an aesthetics—and a phenomenology—without experience as its organizing category. It shows the fundamental technicity of such inherence, how our presence in and presentness to the world are at once technically enabled and also technically transformed. In The Flicker aesthetics is not the experience or property of a spectator but rather distributed across both the organic body of the viewer and the inorganic technics of the cinema. It belongs to the coupling between them.

Keywords:   Film, Cinema, Film theory, Aesthetic, Technicity, Tony Conrad, The Flicker, Body

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