Art History: From action-image to image-action: telepresence and the cinema of global telecommunications.
From action-image to image-action: telepresence and the cinema of global telecommunications.
Presenter: Richard Smith
The action film, especially sci-fi-action thrillers, such as Source Code and espionage action thrillers such as the Bourne films, utilizes digital technology in a specific way. Telepresence is a term Lev Manovich uses to define ‘action at a distance’—from one location an agent is able to intervene directly in another location. This paper explores the potential of telepresence for a theory of global action cinema. Telepresence, or, teleaction signals the redistribution of the spatio-temporal coordinates of action away from face-to-face encounters to conflicts over distance. These films reflect on this redistribution: on the one hand they extend action to global proportions through the systematic use of telecommunications technologies, while on the other hand, they situate the body as the dramatic limit of these technologies. In other words, these films explore the relation of the physical body and its telepresent other. The paper explores some of the implications of Manovich’s assertion that the “electronic transmission of signals” (198) represents the new scene of action, especially those that pertain to the embodiment of globalized social relations.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
Other seminars this semester:
24 September Susan Potter, ‘Friendship as a way of filmmaking: Revisiting Blue (dir. Derek Jarman, 1993)’, Cindy Evelyn Magara, ‘The Griot Aesthetic in East African Cinema’
1 October Andrew Ward, ‘Space, time, and the limits of painting in the early work of Vija Celmins’
22 October Ann Elias, ‘Fish-Eye Points of View and Modern Culture’
29 October Stephanie Swanson ‘The Triumph of Death in Trecento Italy’
Ann Sutherland, ‘Two expatriate Australian painters: two continents’
5 November Scholars Forum: ‘At home in the World’
Chair: Kate Davidson, Contributions by: Donna Brett, Kate Davidson, Mark De Vitis, Mary Roberts
19 November Scholars Forum: ‘Museums as sites of civil society: Conversations with audience in the 21st century’, Chiara O’Reilly, Anna Lawrenson, Lee-Anne Hall