Articles from 12(2)/2014

Mind the Body. Conceptualizing Corporeality in the Visual Mode

Horea AVRAM, Claudiu TURCUŞ



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A New Look on Ekphrasis: an Eye-tracking Experiment on a Cinematic Example



Taking the modern definition of ekphrasis as a verbal representation of a work of art as a starting point, we try to broaden it in this contribution. We agree with intermediality theorist Lars Elleström that ekphrasis falls into the category of “media representation&rd... Read More

Keywords: Ekphrasis, enargeia, cinema, Barbara, Pethö, Yacobi, Elleström, media representation, intermediality, description.

Mourning Bodies: Varda’s Haptic Representation of Bodies “Being-Toward-Death” in L’Opéra-Mouffe and Jacquot de Nantes



It is rare to encounter a film by Agnès Varda that does not touch on death explicitly or implicitly. Yet Varda’s frequent treatment of the topic is not morbid—instead, death becomes a tenacious living presence in her films. As such, Varda exhibits a wistful attitude of ... Read More

Keywords: Agnès Varda, body, cinema, death, embodiment, haptic, intersubjectivity, materiality, phenomenology, spectatorship, subjectivity.

Remediated Bodies, Corporeal Images in Gábor Bódy’s Narcissus and Psyche



Gábor Bódy’s Narcissus and Psyche (Nárcisz és Psyché, 1980) shows a remarkable openness towards theoretical queries related to the body, the image as well as to their intricate relation. It adapts to screen Sándor Weöres’s Read More

Keywords: Hungarian experimental filmmaking, Gábor Bódy, corporeality, serialism, haptic visuality.

On Socialist Eroticism. Building and Subverting Propaganda in Romanian Cinema Before 1989

Claudiu TURCUȘ


The official discourse of the communist era displayed an ideological resistance towards representations of corporeality with the aim of desexualising the collective imaginary. This was mainly because eroticism was associated with an exclusively Western phenomenon and regarded as a symptom of sheer... Read More

Keywords: Romanian cinema, socialism, eroticism, Nicolae Ceaușescu, propaganda, subversion, Lucian Pintilie, Mircea Daneliuc.

Haneke’s Amour: Towards a Cinematic Phenomenology of the Misfit



This essay examines Michael Haneke’s film Amour through a conceptual migration: it shifts the accent from disability, lack of autonomy, and absence of self-determination to the idea of misfit. Following Garland-Thomson, I suggest that this concept implies both multiple live... Read More

Keywords: misfit, materialist, phenomenology, lived embodiment, autonomy.

Corporeality and Otherness in the Cinematic Heterotopias of Szabolcs Hajdu’s Bibliothèque Pascal (2010)

Katalin SÁNDOR


The paper deals with the representation of bodies and corporeality in Hajdu Szabolcs’s film, Bibliothèque Pascal (2010). The film foregrounds the female body as a discursive, ideologically inscribed site of power relations, as a (biological) entity defined by social practices... Read More

Keywords: Corporeality, heterotopia, cinematic tableau vivant, Szabolcs Hajdu, Bibliothèque Pascal.

The Body as the Place of Identity in Fiction Film: Body Changes as a Way of Addressing Societal Fears



While debating the extent of bio-technological invasion and its ethical implications, media offer, through its fictional products, ways of understanding, visualizing and accepting these practices and their theoretical correlations. My hypothesis is that some of the stories in fiction film worldwid... Read More

Keywords: fiction film, identity, biotechnologies, body.

The Desecration of Bodies. Re-animating Undead Mythologies in Cinema

Doru POP


From the sugar cane plantations of White Zombie, through the shopping malls of Night of the Dead, by way of Shaun of the Dead and up to the merry-go-round style of Zombieland, we can follow a long stream of cinematic narratives which are animating and re-animati... Read More

Keywords: Zombies, horror cinema, desecrated bodies, semiotic interpretation, narratives and ideology, superficiality in popular culture.

Giving Birth the Posthuman Way. Technology, Disembodiment and Cyber-Progenies

Mihaela URSA


The paper sketches a possible history of cultural attitudes towards birth and gestation in the Western world, insisting on the growing empathy towards technologized bodies and technologized means of body generation. Exploring literary texts (from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the m... Read More

Keywords: maternity, mothering, posthumanism, cyber-technologies, disembodiment, technologized generation, digital culture.

“Natural-Born Cyborgs”: Becoming Posthuman in Bio- and Cybertech Ustopias

Carmen-Veronica BORBELY, Petronia POPA PETRAR


Through a detour into the eruption conditions of what might be termed “techno-humanity,” this paper explores the effects on the contemporary narrative imaginary of a double-edged collective impulse towards figurations of the future as the consequence of the present. Following Margaret ... Read More

Keywords: natural-born cyborg, posthuman, biotech ustopia, cybertech ustopia, drift.

“Give Me a Body Then”: Abdellatif Kechiche and the Cinema of the Flesh



In Cinema 2, Gilles Deleuze establishes a circuit between the cinema, the body and thought. According to his theory, in several films that were made in the postwar era, “the body is no longer an obstacle that separates thought from itself, that which it has to overcome to reach thin... Read More

Keywords: Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty, The Time-Image, Cinema of the flesh, Phenomenological realism.

La difficile tâche du corps ressuscité dans Holy Motors de Leos Carax. Une poésie baroque des organes au cinéma.

Daria IOAN


One of the most significant aspects of Leos Carax’s film Holly Motors is the “baroque” representation of the human body. Through the monstrous bodies imagined in the spirit of the cruel aesthetics of the Belle Epoque, Carax offers a new perspective upon the human corpore... Read More

Keywords: film, technology, resurrected body, deconstruction, baroque representations, space poetics.

The Perpetual ‘Present’ of Dance Notation

Victoria WATTS


Dance notation systems disclose information about the historically located experience of moving while at the same time necessitating that understanding of the moving body be accessed through the very particularities of the reader’s/dancer’s own contemporary body. Practices of dance notation... Read More

Keywords: Dance notation, embodiment, cultural phenomenology.

Fashionable Extensions. Clandestine Forms of Body Representation and Internet Iconography



One of the difficulties when engaging a topic referring to the relationship between fashion and the body is portrayed by both the plethora of images provided by the fashion industry and the numerous imbrications these images pose throughout digital media. Circulated throughout various media, image... Read More

Keywords: Digital, body-image, extension, fashion, internet.

Stars and Aces: Changes in Portuguese Photographic Portraits during the 1920’s



From late 1910’s and throughout the 1920’s, Fotografia Brasil, a Lisbon commercial portraiture studio, led by Joaquim da Silva Nogueira, photographed stage artists and introduced modernist practices in Portuguese photography, still dominated by the late 19th-century taste. Lis... Read More

Keywords: Fotografia Brasil, Portuguese photographic portrait, Ilustração Portuguesa, Joaquim da Silva Nogueira, Luísa Satanela, Adria Rodi.

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian: A Physical Utopia for Reconstructing the Body in Early Modernism

Iulia MICU


The discourses of early Modernism focus on reconstructing the body through key-images, while those of the late Modernism focus on re-membering the body using memory. This study examines the mechanisms of healing and perceiving the body in the Western world, by analyzing the image of the M... Read More

Keywords: physical utopia, imaginary, Saint Sebastian, Modernism, morbidezza.

“The film inscribes itself inside your body”. Interview with Ivone MARGULIES




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“I think that the emphasis on autonomy and authorship is not good for art and creativity”. Interview with Hans ABBING

Ileana Nicoleta SĂLCUDEAN



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A “politically-corrective” book




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Keywords: Andrei GORZO & Andrei STATE Eds. Politicile filmului – Contribuții la interpretarea cinemaului românesc contemporan [The Politics of Film – Contributions at the Interpretation of Contemporary Romanian Cinema]

“Explaining the nature of love”

Daniel D. MATIȘ



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Keywords: Simon MAY. Love: A History. [Istoria iubirii, translated by Dana IONESCU]