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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 65–97.
Published: 01 September 2021
... news feeds to Amazon's personalized shopping suggestions, we are witnessing the proliferation of digital traces deployed to modulate the self and others. Digital platforms record and instrumentalize digital copies of our behavior as “Big Data” in order to animate, control, and modulate our actions...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 93–127.
Published: 01 May 2017
... unacknowledged by later critics. The author argues that Arletty's unique form of stardom—allowing her “self” to unite otherwise contrary attributes—anchors Enfants 's reconciliatory influence over a society fragmented by war and enemy occupation. As the actress purportedly declared: “Si mon cœur est français...
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Camera Obscura (1981) 3 (1 (7)): 128–135.
Published: 01 May 1981
...Stephen Grosz; Bruce McAuley Healthcaring From Our End ofthe Speculum Self-Health and Healthcaring Stephen Grosx and Bruce McAuky Self-Health (1974) and Healthcuring (1976) are two important films that present a feminist perspective on women’s health. Both films combine...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 106–128.
Published: 01 May 1995
...Robert von Dassanowsky Copyright © 1995 by Indiana University Press 1995 Leni Riefenstahl in Tiefland "Wherever you may run, you cannot escape him": Leni Riefenstahl's Self-Reflection and Romantic Transcendence of Nazism in Tiefland Robert von Dassanowsky...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 173–201.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Lou Silhol-Macher Abstract This article traces the role of frames in suspending the self in Lovely Andrea (Japan/Austria/Germany), a video essay by Hito Steyerl presented at Documenta 12 in 2007. A seldom‐analyzed artwork within Steyerl's otherwise widely circulating and discussed oeuvre, Lovely...
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 9. “Two feelings at the same time.” Ageha performing self-suspension. Lovely Andrea (dir. Hito Steyerl, Japan/Austria/Germany, 2007). Courtesy of the artist More
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 10. Self-suspension in reverse. Ageha's hair flows up as she hangs upside down. Lovely Andrea (dir. Hito Steyerl, Japan/Austria/Germany, 2007). Courtesy of the artist More
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 61–85.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Nadine Boljkovac Abstract This article considers Vardian acts of listening and (self-)portraiture. With works that celebrate the material world in its myriad forms and scales, from a beloved button to a bottomless sea, Agnès Varda developed a method of empathetic engagement. Her encounters grasped...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 63–93.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The masturbatory quality of performance documentation and porn is characterized by self-pleasure and a plentitude of affect. It also involves the structuring of a present performance in relation to the fantasy of a previous performance that is viewed in a technologically mediated form of documentation...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 103–123.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Alexander R. Galloway Rey Chow, in her book The Age of the World Target , identifies a rise in self-referentiality across a number of domains of contemporary life. Fueled by Martin Heidegger's writings on “the world picture,” Chow asserts that “understanding … is now an act inseparable from the act...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 11–45.
Published: 01 May 2008
... an “unperforming of the self” through the cultivation of an impersonal intimacy that deferred a fixed subjectivity and frustrated the racial expectations of her audiences. She developed this impersona through three interlocking tactics: a disarticulation of self and song; a reversal of the psychic positions...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 81–109.
Published: 01 December 2008
... in relation to feminist politics, on one hand, and popular culture, on the other? When does self-representation overstep the boundary between sexual valorization and prurient commodification? How, in turn, should a female viewer respond to erotic visual material produced by a woman? In order to understand...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 131–159.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Julie Levin Russo This article returns to Sigmund Freud's and Jacques Lacan's theories of scopophilia to intervene in a pessimistic thread of new media criticism. By complicating doomsday scenarios, it unpacks the complexities of exhibitionism iterated as online self-display, including aspects...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of nudity, it contributes to a long-standing obsession with revealing a person's interiority through the translation of embodied signifiers. Modern technologies, and the cultures of self-display they have fostered, offer up new methods of achieving what more self-consciously empirical projects have always...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 30–59.
Published: 01 December 2020
... participate in environmental social justice while also enfolding the environment into sexual arrangements. “Masturbatory ecologies” thus signifies a self-gratifying mode of environmentalism that harnesses the self, the body, and the erotic to foster positive environmental world building in apocalyptic times...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 137–159.
Published: 01 May 2014
...—who takes a highly self-conscious approach to his own signature. This article examines how the films of indie female director Nicole Holofcener offer a critique of this ironic and often cynical pose. Holofcener's work functions as the largely actionless observation of urban, affluent social space...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 175–185.
Published: 01 May 2016
... produced as part of this project, Self-Portrait with Three Women (dir. Zhang Mengqi, China, 2010) and Children's Village (dir. Zou Xueping, China, 2012), the article argues that the project produces a counterhistory through collective film production in a digital format. These films foreground...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Pooja Rangan This article investigates the contemporary phenomenon of “child media advocacy,” or the practice of “empowering” child subjects by providing them with media technologies as a means of self-representation. Tracing the genealogy of this practice to an older ethnographic tradition...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 183–195.
Published: 01 September 2010
.... Aniruddha Maitra analyzes Lopez's condition through his reading of Hima's video, not to privilege representative realism, but to begin to theorize a more reflexive ethics of representation. Maitra argues that it is Hima's self-conscious verité style that articulates at once its own desire to “represent...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2011
... and provides a post-punk sound track and contemporary-sounding dialogue as it playfully captures the experience of modern feminine adolescence. However, the film's modernity lies more interestingly in the way in which its self-conscious reinterpretation of linear history makes it a successful expression...