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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... and interrogating the theoretical history of the pretty and its exclusion, this article seeks to trouble the discursive field of aesthetics and politics in film theory. Camera Obscura 2009 The decorative surface of the screen in Moulin Rouge! (dir. Baz Luhrmann, Australia/US, 2001) Pretty: Film Theory...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 31–57.
Published: 01 December 2022
... feminist historiographical model, “surfacing,” that highlights the productive resonances between then, now, and possible futures. epinar@sas.upenn.edu Copyright © 2022 by Camera Obscura Published by Duke University Press 2022 1970s feminisms aesthetics of the surface experimental...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 187–193.
Published: 01 September 2016
.... Heather Davis is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University where she researches the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism. She is the editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 35–79.
Published: 01 December 2008
... black skin and modern surface.39 56  •  Camera Obscura Placed in the larger context of Loos’s ongoing theoretical ambiva- lence and in an active dialogue with Baker’s own aesthetics, it will become clear that multiple and warring desires are being played out in the interior/interiority...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 57–91.
Published: 01 December 2004
... and pose a reading of its bootleg aesthetics. Videotape duplication of the work formally changes the text so that its thematic concerns—mass-media dis- tortion and its relations to subjective and bodily breakdown— become rendered on the surface; significantly, this analog dupli- cation also makes...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 89–106.
Published: 01 December 1984
..., many of which appeared in Socialisme ou Barbarie, concern decolonialization and the war in Algeria. In the early seventies, Lyotard published the books that were to present his departure from traditional philosophy, moving outside of the accepted boundaries of aesthetics by proposing a theory...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 91–127.
Published: 01 December 2005
.... This domain, originally called aesthetics, is located “at the surface of the body, the mediating boundary between inner and outer.”72 For Walter Benjamin, the “fate of modernity” depends on how we negotiate, through mimetic capacities or innervation, with the alienation of the senses caused...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 77–111.
Published: 01 May 2004
..., it is of course this visual power that has been understood as the essence of Hitchcock’s style. But while the omniscient gaze undoubtedly emerges as the dominant aesthetic of Hitchcock’s films, by reproducing that all-controlling point of view in the criticism, we may overlook an alternative visu- ality...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., the tendency for blackness to attach to something (whether it is a body, an object, or a cultural expression) — the tendency, which this shadow displays but does not fulfill, to seek a place to land, a surface to mark, a body to identify. To do so, we need to look at how blackness is signified within...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 151–163.
Published: 01 September 2021
... , in which Schneemann's experimentation with sound encouraged a unique kind of spatialization that pushed sensual, embodied packages of once-mute fur, paint, reflective surfaces, consumer products, and texts out into a complex corporeal-sonic field. Underlying the arc of this essay are at least two...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 121–154.
Published: 01 December 2017
...” “Orientations are tactile.” — Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology “It is this tactile quality . . . that is essential to any lesbian aesthetic.” — Barbara Hammer, in Jacqueline Zita, “The Films of Barbara Hammer: Counter- currencies of a Lesbian Iconography” The concern with texture and tactility...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 146–154.
Published: 01 September 1988
... chapters with aesthetic, technological, economic and social film history. A case study concludes each of these chapters, applying some of the methods presented within them. The authors make it clear that they are not out to propose a single method of writing film...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 57–91.
Published: 01 September 2003
..., close-ups of immense compositional sophistication and emo- tional force, constitute the film’s aesthetic center. Her character is, in short, the very stuff of semantic stability. But spatial unity structures semantic stability in the visual field, and the film that represents this character does so...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Lindsey Green-Simms This essay examines the aesthetic dimensions of the “occult melodramas” of West African video-films by discussing how filmmakers use the technology of video to recreate the sensuous impact of daily rumors that speak to spiritual and socioeconomic anxieties. Given...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 91–113.
Published: 01 May 2022
...): 69. 2. Lucy Lippard, “The Pains and Pleasures of Rebirth: Women's Body Art,” Art in America , May–June 1976, 131–39. 3. Arthur C. Danto, The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art (Chicago: Open Court, 2003), 56; Immanuel Kant's Observations on the Feeling...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 9–57.
Published: 01 December 2001
... of principles reveals an index to the genesis of film stardom per se. To view the birth of stardom from this perspective demands a fundamental shift in our assessment of the young industry’s aesthetic and cultural dictates. Rather than a fixed galaxy of stars associated with “great” auteurs...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 69–101.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Mimi Thi Nguyen A unique aesthetic and artifact for what might loosely be dubbed “Vietnamese America,” the Ao Trang (White Dress) calendar draws from a reservoir of images and feelings of the so-called traditional Vietnamese dress — and specifically, its most iconic form as the uniform...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 206–237.
Published: 01 January 1992
...Anne Balsamo \ Figure 1. This line drawing illustrates the angles and proportions of the ideal female face. The drawing appears in the “Glossary of Terms,” in Nelson Powell, DDS, MD and Brian Humphreys, MD, Proportions of the Aesthetic Face (New York: Thieme...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 1–25.
Published: 01 September 2016
...- cess can be determined more strikingly from an analysis of its inconspicuous surface-­level expressions than from that epoch’s judgments about itself.  — Siegfried Kracauer, “The Mass Ornament” The videos come from online social networks, which offer exalted promises of creating social...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
... describe their profound grief; and each filmmaker includes herself either in the frame or in the voice-over of the film—sometimes in both. Despite their distinct aesthetic investments, these three films share common thematic preoccupations with gender-based violence and filmically constructed justice...