Spellbound: Early Cinema's Transformational Spaces

Valiaho, Pasi. 2013. Spellbound: Early Cinema's Transformational Spaces. Space and Culture, 16(2), pp. 161-172. ISSN 1206-3312 [Article]

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This article maps out and conceptualizes the way cinema emerged as a novel type of technology of the self and psychic individuation. It analyzes how cinema, in its inception, implemented a binding sensory dynamic that affected the convergence of spatiotemporal patterns into a constantly modifying hybrid self. Technologically animated images started to produce transformational spaces where the individual became problematized and regulated, not only in narratives and rhetorical figures, but more importantly, in the spatial patterning of perception, in affect transmission and collective organization. The article approaches cinema's bodily and psychic dynamics in topological terms and employs three basic concepts – continuity, nearness and neighbourhood – so as to problematize what has become of the question of the individual in the age of moving images.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
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17 May 2013Published

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19 Sep 2011 08:45

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