Module: Rotting the Image

The odour of a film’s look.

All too often, lazy imagination, cinematography and post-production can result in a visual quality that posits dull or unmediated visuals as code for some kind of yawn-worthy ‘realism’. In this module, we will debate whether or not the moving image exists as an ‘object’ in the age of digital code, whether we should pretend it is anyway, and how it can be decomposed to create evocative new so-called realities.

Samples

Aphorisms

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Cinekoans

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Sample Filmography

Self Portrait Self Mortem (Louise Bourque)

Decasia (Bill Morrison)

Julian Donkey-Boy (Harmony Korine)

Listenography

Susumu Yokota – ‘Image 1983 – 1998’

Notes

Grave-digger, it is wonderful to contemplate the ruins of cities; but it is more wonderful yet to contemplate the ruins of men! – Lautréamont.