Indefinite Visions

Publié le 31 août 2017

Cinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty

Beugnet Martine

Allan Cameron, Arild Fetveit

Editeur : Edinburgh University Press

Parution : 31/08/2017

Nombre de pages : 384

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Examines the aesthetics, concepts and politics of chaotic and obscured moving images

Audiovisual culture often privileges the instantly identifiable: the recognizable face, the well-timed stunt, the perfectly synchronized line of dialogue. Yet order and clarity do not come ‘naturally’ to the moving image. Light, motion, definition, compression: the conditions of recording, storing and screening can subject audiovisual media to countless variations, pulling them towards the indefinite and illegible. Filmmakers and artists often seek out and work with the resulting uncertainty, from the warping of space to the melding of senses, from glare to shadow and blur to glitch.

This collection concerns itself with the aesthetics, concepts and politics of indefinite and obscured moving images, examining what is at stake in their foregrounding of materiality and mediation, evanescence and flux. Pursuing a range of approaches (spanning history, theory and close analysis), the authors in this volume investigate techniques, effects and themes that emerge from the wilful excavation of the moving image’s formal and material base.


  • Emmanuelle André, Université Paris 7 Diderot
  • Jacques Aumont, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
  • Erika Balsom, King’s College London
  • Raymond Bellour, French National Center for Scientific Research
  • Martine Beugnet, Université Paris 7 Diderot
  • Christa Blümlinger, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
  • Allan Cameron, University of Auckland
  • Michel Chion, Composer, Filmmaker and Essay Writer
  • Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Catherine Fowler, University of Otago
  • Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
  • Julian Hanich, University of Groningen
  • Martin Jay, University of California, Berkley
  • Kim Knowles, Aberystwyth University
  • Richard Misek, University of Kent
  • Giusy Pisano, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière
  • Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, University of California, Davis
  • D. N. Rodowick, University of Chicago
  • Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University
  • Carol Vernallis, Stanford University

Indefinite Visions: Cinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty

  • Martine Beugnet – Introduction


  • Jacques Aumont – The Veiled Image: The Luminous Formless
  • Richard Misek – The Black Screen
  • Tom Gunning – Flicker and Shutter: Exploring Cinema’s Shuddering Shadow


  • Martin Jay – Genres of Blur
  • Giusy Pisano – In Praise of the Sound Dissolve: Evanescences, Uncertainties, Fusions, Resonances
  • Erika Balsom – 100 Years of Low Definition


  • Michel Chion – Jumps in Scale
  • Julian Hanich – Reflecting on Reflections: Complex Mirror Shots in Films
  • Christa Blümlinger – Cinematic Indeterminacy According to Peter Tscherkassky: Coming Attractions
  • Carol Vernallis – Baz Luhrmann’s Audiovisual Sublime: Partying in The Great Gatsby


  • D.N.Rodowick – The Force of Small Gestures
  • Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli – Bill Viola and the Cinema of Indefinite Bodily Experience
  • Catherine Fowler – Slow Looking: Confronting Moving Images with Didi-Huberman


  • Kim Knowles – (Re)visioning Celluloid: Aesthetics of Contact in Materialist Film
  • Emmanuelle André – Seeing through the Fingertips
  • Raymond Bellour – Homo Animalis Kino


  • Sean Cubitt – Temporalities of the Glitch: Déjà Vu
  • Steven Shaviro – The Glitch Dimension: Paranormal Activity and the Technologies of Vision
  • Allan Cameron – Facing the Glitch: Abstraction, Abjection and the Digital Image