Cinema and Intermediality: The Passion for the In-Between by Agnes Petho

By Agnes Petho

In the final twenty years “intermediality” has emerged as the most hard innovations in media concept with out scarcity of assorted taxonomies and definitions. What triggered the writing of the essays amassed during this quantity, notwithstanding, was once now not a wish for extra classifications utilized to the area of relocating photographs, yet a robust urge to enquire what the “inter” implied via the assumption of “intermediality” stands for, and what it really includes within the cinema. The e-book deals in all of the person chapters a cross-section view of particular circumstances during which cinema turns out to consciously place itself “in-between” media and humanities, utilizing concepts that faucet into the multimedial complexity of cinema, and produce into play the tensions generated by way of media adjustments. The introductory theoretical writings take care of the historiography of coming near near intermedial phenomena in cinema providing while a number of the attainable “gateways” which could open up the cinematic snapshot in the direction of the perceptual frames of alternative media and humanities. The booklet additionally comprises essays that learn extra heavily particular paradigms within the poetics of cinematic intermediality, just like the attract of portray in Hitchcock’s motion pictures, the beautiful methods of framing and un-framing haptical imagery in Antonioni’s works, the narrative allegories of media transformations, the note and snapshot performs and ekphrastic suggestions in Jean-Luc Godard’s “total” cinema, the flâneuristic intermedial gallery of relocating photos created through José Luis Guerín, or the kinds of intermedial metalepses in Agnès Varda’s “cinécriture.” From a theoretical vantage aspect those essays holiday with the culture of considering intermediality in analogy with intertextuality and test a phenomenological (re)definition of intermedial family. in addition, the various analyses goal motion pictures that disclose the coexistence of the hypermediated adventure of intermediality and the appearance of fact, connecting the questions of intermediality either to the indexical nature of cinematic illustration and to the explicit ideological and cultural context of the movies, therefore supplying insights right into a few questions concerning the “politics” of intermediality to boot.

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C) Intermediality described as a performative act, an “action” In close connection with the view presented earlier, we can also distinguish a “performative” aspect emphasized in theorizing cinematic intermediality. Already as we have seen earlier, Paech described the perception of medium difference as an “event,” a “process,”41 and this kind of rhetoric persists in several other intermedial analyses emphasizing in the first place the dynamics of intermedial relations. This dynamic is presented as ars combinatoria (cf.

2. Routes along the Historical Research Axis of Intermediality in Film? What is already quite clear is that questions of intermediality should always be regarded in a historical perspective: both in the case of researches done into intermediality, or in the case of meta-theoretical inquiries, when we look into theories about intermedial relations. 23 Early films display a whole different array of media relations than the ones we find in the established institutionalized forms of cinematic storytelling, not to mention later developments of technique that establish new sets of intermedial networks or newer forms of moving images.

45 Cf. Dalle Vacche, in the essay entitled Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou. Cinema as Collage against Painting uses all kinds of imagery to describe the violent “action” that takes place in the interaction of media on the screen: “In collage the frame does not regulate any longer what gets into the composition; life seems to hit the canvas and leave its traces in defiance of aesthetic norms and standards of good taste” (1996, 108), or: “the transformation of the portrait into collage can also pave the way for a new level of energy” (1996, 129).

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