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Title:Béla Balázs and the Eye of the Microscope
Authors:Polonyi, Eszter (Author)
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Language:English
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Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:This study explores the significance of the cinematic close-up to one of the earliest theories of film, produced by Béla Balázs, on the basis of a widespread technique of microscopy in the life sciences, notably in the work of his brother Evin Bauer, a theorist of microbiology. Balázs imagines that silent film records life in its immanence and spontaneity by virtue of what he calls the “physiognomic” nature of its signs. Rather than generating signs that must be passed through an alphabetic cipher, as had been required under the regime of the written or literary, Balázs presents film as liberating our access to the flow of optical data. Interestingly, however, Balázs retains the need otherwise characteristic of scientific analysis for dividing up the image into semiotic units, what he describes as “atomization.” He insists on returning the real to a symbolic order and making film into a language.
Keywords:film history, media studies, science and technology studies, Weimar cinema, media archaeology
Year of publishing:2012
Number of pages:37
Numbering:Fall
COBISS_ID:42059523 Link is opened in a new window
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:PEFAPGWH
License:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
This work is available under this license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International
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Title:Apertura
Publisher:Pompeji Foundation
ISSN:1787-7245
Year of publishing:2012

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