Friday, June 09, 2006

On the contrivance of the cinematographer

In several essays and in the final chapter of Creative Evolution, Henri Bergson employs what he calls the "cinematographical apparatus" as an analogy for how the intellect approaches reality. This analogy appears within Bergson's epistemological dualism, where intuition is placed alongside the intellect as a means of acquiring absolute knowledge. According to Bergson "movement is reality itself". The intellect is by nature a spatializing mechanism, which means that to acquire knowledge it employs concepts, symbols, abstraction, analysis, and fragmentation. Hence the intellect can only express movement -reality itself- in static terms.

In another futile attempt to short-circuit the intellect, Sam Renseiw post a short sequence of movement, while a dual intellect can be seen, statically fixed, on some higher horizon. View it here, or enter the setting above. (patafilm # 181, 01'03'', 4.8 MB, quicktime/mov - Flash version here)


Blogger Halex said...

The link you posted is terrible. I'm a film student; I watch a lot of film/tv. I think the most important thing for a filmmaker to keep in mind during EVERY shot is, "what does this shot mean? How does it contribute to the whole." Anyone can mmake 'experimental film;, in fact I encourage it, but don't subject us to this amateurish crap!

Saturday, July 01, 2006 4:58:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

well, halex, it a matter of learnig to see...
when you're over the dramaturgy phase, realised that " the medium is the massage" and studied alt least 25 jean-luc godard films, you might come to the conclusion that there is more to "meaning" than social realism, Hollywood productions and TV-soaps.
Then, try watching some dirk de bruyn footage for a start.
I'll keep on posting amateurish crap in the mean time.
best regards

Sunday, July 02, 2006 12:08:00 pm  

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