Engaging hand to hand with the moving image: Grandrieux, Serra and Viola’s radical gestures

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Abstract

But in confidence I am going to tell you a terrible secret:
I hate cinema except when I shoot,
then you need to know not to be shy with the camera,
using violence, breaking down its defences,
because the camera is a despicable mechanism. What matters is poetry.

Orson Welles interviewed by André Bazin

A hand rhythmically catching a chunk of lead, two female figures approaching each other to embrace in an extreme slow motion, a torso twisting and swirling at the command of someone else’s will: this essay examines these and other gestures in selected contemporary moving image works. The gesture — physical and conceptual, theoretical and technical — accompanies and illuminates old and new forms of the moving image, from early motion experiments to analogue cinema and contemporary digital interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCinema and Agamben
Subtitle of host publicationEthics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image
Place of PublicationNew York and London
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Pages143-169
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781623561253
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Casini, S. (2014). Engaging hand to hand with the moving image: Grandrieux, Serra and Viola’s radical gestures. In Cinema and Agamben: Ethics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image (pp. 143-169). Bloomsbury Academic.