From Eye to “Cinema-Eye” – Approaches on the Moving Image Tools



The new civilization of image is built on the knowledge brought on and mediated by the Eye, considered the sole means of visual perception. The embodied Eye takes us to the disembodied Cinema-Eye, the machinery that copies and stores the images in motion. The copy of reality, similar to that engraved onto our consciousness by memory (mediated by the visual organ) is the raison d’etre of all devices, new or old, that optically and technically convey the images in motion. In the present essay, I analyze the aesthetic, cultural and technological dimensions of the dialectical move from perception to recording, from vision to visuality, from the organic to the technologic function represented by the transformation of the Eye into the Cinema-Eye. I conclude that within the communication society, the camera brings forth a new identity for the body, thus becoming an indispensable attachment, a sort of safe backup for the images that are responsible for our state of mind and emotions.

Keywords: Cinema-Eye, camera, images in motion, cinema, visual perception, light